Rick Miller, Ed.Sp., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Former Superintendent of Santa Ana, CA
Dr. Rick Miller has taught at the elementary and secondary levels and has been an elementary and high school principal. In addition, Dr. Miller has served the last 27 years as a school district superintendent. Most recently he has served in the Santa Ana Unified School District and Riverside Unified School District.
The focus of his 40 year career as a school administrator has been on school reform and improved student achievement in diverse settings. He has also co-founded a collaborative assistance program for teachers and administrators and concentrated his organizational efforts on building more collaborative structures within our school organizations. A collaborative leader, Dr. Miller believes in working with parents, students, teachers, and the community to build rapport and create strategies and policies to ensure student success. He utilizes grass-roots efforts to inspire support for his initiatives. He implements new ideas as volunteer projects and pilots, using enthusiastic responses from teachers, students, and parents to catalyze growth. He has sought national, state, and community partnerships to further technology initiatives and help compensate for budget shortfalls.
He currently serves on a number of state and national advisory boards including: Consortium On Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE), Advisory Board; Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project, Advisory Board; SchoolCNXT, Advisory Board; Lancer Educational Housing Corporation, Board of Directors, and National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity.
Dr. Miller holds four academic degrees including a Ph.D.; Ed.Sp. (Education Specialist); M.Ed. (Masters in Education); and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. In addition, he has received an Honorary Doctorate. Dr. Miller has authored a number of professional articles and has presented regularly at state and national conferences.
Rick has been recognized with a number of awards including: Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award; Community Service Award, Riverside NAACP; Honorary Doctorate of Letters, California Baptist University; Champion for Justice, Riverside County Fair Housing Council; and the 2008 Educational Leadership Award, University Council for Educational Administration, University of California Santa Barbara.
Dr. Miller is passionate about student learning and reduction of the learning gap between various student populations.