Office of the Superintendent
On June 6, 2006, Larry was elected Superintendent of Fresno County Schools and took office on August 2, 2006. Prior to his election, Larry was the Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services for the Fresno County Office of Education. From 2001 to 2005, Larry was the Superintendent of the Central Unified School District, one of the fastest growing districts in California. Under his leadership, Central Unified rapidly became one of the districts of choice by families moving to the Fresno area. He has held numerous administrative jobs both at the district level and at the site level. Larry has taught many different classes over the years and loved inspiring students. He is very active in community and civic groups as well as many professional organizations. Larry is on many non-profit boards and serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Fresno Pacific University where he also taught as a member of the Adjunct Graduate Faculty. In the past, he has served as a member of the State Board for the Association of California School Administrators. He is on numerous advisory boards for California State University, Fresno.
He has won many awards including the 2003 Superintendent of the Year for the Association of California Administrators—Region 9 which includes Mariposa, Merced, Madera, and Fresno Counties. One of his favorite awards came from California State University, Fresno where he was named “Top Dog” as an Outstanding Alumni of the University.
Larry is in great demand and has presented over 1400 speeches and seminars up and down the San Joaquin Valley, the State of California, and throughout the United States at various school districts, Honor Societies, civic groups, association conventions, service clubs, conferences, Universities, and churches.
Struck with Polio at the age of 15 months in 1949, Larry is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He was a champion wrestler and coach, an avid golfer with a 7+ handicap, a swimmer and gymnast. His bench press record is 320 pounds when he weighed only 129 pounds. He holds high school records for rope climb (20 foot rope in 1.8 seconds) and pull-ups (44). He strongly believes that the only things you cannot do are the things you do not attempt. Hard work and determination lead to success.
His wife, Dot, is the Executive Director of SALTFresno (a non-profit agency which provides mentoring services to students, teachers, and administrators) and READFresno (a non-profit providing literacy skills).
Most people have never seen Larry without a smile. Larry has made equity and access a hallmark of his career and works to provide equal opportunity to everyone.
In addition to being Fresno County Superintendent, Larry is a minister, motivational speaker, singer, and songwriter. His favorite past-times include: Family, Church, Golf, Music, and YoYos. Larry is affectionately referred to as Reverend Superintendent by his colleagues.