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Biographical Sketch

Dr. James Elsasser began his tenure as Superintendent of the Claremont Unified School District on July 1, 2012. He came to CUSD well prepared with extensive credentials in education. Dr. Elsasser earned his B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He earned his doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Elsasser has worked in education for over 25 years. He began his career in Downey Unified School District where he served as a teacher and assistant principal. In 2000, Dr. Elsasser became principal of Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos Unified School District. During his tenure at Oak Middle School, he led the school to recognition as a California Distinguished School in 2001 and again in 2005, and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2002. He was subsequently promoted to the central office where he served as the director of classified personnel and special projects.  Prior to assuming the role of superintendent in the Claremont Unified School District, Dr. Elsasser served as the assistant superintendent of human resources in the Anaheim City School District. 

Dr. Elsasser is an active member of numerous professional and community organizations, including the Education Research Development Institute, National Center for Education Research and Technology, the Dean’s Superintendents’ Advisory Council for the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, Association of California School Administrators, and Rotary Club of Claremont.  He serves as a Board member for both the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, and The Claremont Club Non-Profit Foundation.  He has extensive training in human resources and has been a presenter at numerous ACSA Personnel Academies.

Dr. Elsasser resides in Anaheim Hills with his wife of 25 years, Lori, and their three children, Corey, Brooke, and Nicholas.