Paul S. Mercier

Paul Mercier recently retired as Superintendent of the Magnolia School District in Anaheim, California, following 16 years in that position.  His 42-year career as an educator included serving as a teacher, principal, and Assistant Superintendent prior to his superintendency in Magnolia.

Mr. Mercier was the 2006 California Superintendent of the Year, as selected by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).  He was further recognized as the 2007 National Superintendent of the Year for California by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). An especially challenging and satisfying career experience was his three years as Co-Director for the Center for Educational Administrator Development (CEAD), an administrator training program which became a state model.  He was also honored as a selected member to the Center for Quality Leadership and the Urban Superintendents Association of America.

Mr. Mercier was an active spokesman for community issues in Magnolia and was highly visible lending his support to community events and planning activities.  His involvement included the Rotary Club of Anaheim, Anaheim Family YMCA Advisory/Executive Boards, West Anaheim Medical Center Board, and Anaheim Angels Community Advisory Board.

Additionally, Mr. Mercier served on state organizations where he provided a voice on educational issues at local, state and national levels, such as  Board Member/Chair- School Employers Association of California (SEAC); Board Member/Chair- Association of Low Wealth Schools (ALWS); Member/Chair- Association of California School Administrators Association (ACSA) Technology Leadership Council; County Representative to the State ACSA Superintendents Committee; National Education Advisory Council – Xerox Corporation.

Mr. Mercier is now serving as a Consultant/Executive Coach and Governance Consultant.  He is the personal coach for a number of superintendents and cabinet-level administrators, consults as a team member advising underperforming school districts, and coordinates professional development programs.  His services also include work with district Boards of Trustees on a variety of topics from team-building, governance responsibilities and performance, superintendent evaluation to organizational health.

Mr. Mercier received his Bachelors of Arts from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois and his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach.