Office of the Superintendent
As a Fresno native, Jim attended California State University, Fresno, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and teaching credential. He also graduated from Fresno Pacific University, where he earned his Masters of Arts in Education. Jim Yovino has held positions from classroom teacher/coach to principal in Fresno, Dinuba, and Central Unified School Districts. During his tenure at Central, he was Assistant Superintendent of the Human Resources Department, with oversight of collective bargaining, labor relations and the district’s 1,400 employees, including direct supervision of all middle, secondary, adult and continuations schools. In 2006, Jim was appointed Deputy Superintendent for the Fresno County Office of Education. This move brought challenges along with opportunities and Jim seized both – collaborating with over 100 stakeholders to create the Fresno County Volunteer Preschool Plan allowing every four year old in Fresno County to have the opportunity to attend a high-quality preschool program.
On July 1, 2013, Jim will begin serving as the 21st Superintendent of Schools for Fresno County. As a champion for the success of all children, he will continue advocating for the arts along with promoting career tech education in order to provide students with the opportunity to discover their passion as they prepare for higher education and/or enter the work force. Jim will also address the attendance and drop-out rates in Fresno County by partnering with local business leaders to establish a successful mentoring program with citizens working directly with Fresno’s most vulnerable students.
Now in his 23rd year in education, Jim continues to be an outspoken advocate for education, recruiting hundreds of teachers and recommending Fresno State and Fresno Pacific to countless numbers of high school students. He currently serves on Fresno State’s Bonner Character Counts Education Board, the Alumni and Friends of the Kremen School of Education Board and is a member of the Dean’s Council for the College of Health and Human Services and the Rotary Club of Fresno. He is also a board member for The Foundation @ FCOE, a member of the Fresno County Interagency and co-founded a nonprofit with his wife Jennifer, Halo Café, Fresno County’s Pet Food Pantry. He was named Professional Alumni Service Award recipient for outstanding achievement of the Kremen School of Education in 2008 and a Fresno State Top Dog in 2010.
Jim is married to wife, Jennifer Quinn-Yovino, and has two children: Vincent, a 2013 graduate of Fresno State, and Noelle, an elementary school teacher in Kerman Unified. He is the proud grandfather of Merrell, who is 3 years old.
Fresno County Office of Education
1111 Van Ness
Fresno, California 93721