Victor Rosa

Victor Rosa

HANFORD — It was announced Tuesday that Dr. Victor Rosa has been selected as the next superintendent of Hanford Joint Union High School District.

Rosa will be taking over for current Superintendent William Fishbough, who announced his retirement in January after a 35-year career in education, including 13 years as superintendent of HJUHSD.

Karl Anderson, Board of Trustees president, announced Rosa’s selection in a memo on Tuesday.

Rosa has lived in Hanford nearly all of his entire life and attended Lakeside Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade before graduating from Hanford High School in 1992.

The son of Portuguese immigrants, he grew up on a small farm where he gained an appreciation for hard work and agriculture.

He continued his education at College of the Sequoias, California State University, Fresno, and Chapman University to obtain his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as his teaching and administrative credentials.

Rosa then attended University of LaVerne, where he earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

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He has served the Lemoore Union High School District for the past 16 years as a high school English teacher, a high school principal and the last five years as assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the school district and community that served me so well,” Rosa said. “I have worked my entire educational and professional career to prepare for this position and I will work hard every day to ensure that the students of HJUHSD are provided every opportunity for success, that all staff members are supported and that the beautiful community of Hanford, along with all of its schools, businesses and organizations are strong partners in educating our students.”

The Board of Trustees made its decision with input gathered from key stakeholder groups in the district regarding the qualities desired in the next district leader.

Based on feedback received from parents, staff and community members, Anderson said the board looked for someone who is a collaborative, energetic leader who values the district’s accomplishments and wants to continue its efforts to provide the quality education students deserve and families expect.

“After a rigorous screening and interview process, Victor was chosen as the best fit,” Anderson said in the memo. “The Board truly feels he is committed to the students, families, staff and community of Hanford Joint Union High School District. He will be an amazing addition to our currently exceptional staff and we are looking forward to having him as a part of our team.”

Anderson also said the board wanted to publicly thank Fishbough, who is set to retire in June.

“[Fishbough] has been a tremendous leader for our district. He has built an incredible team who truly cares about the success of the students and staff,” Anderson said. “We wish him well in his retirement.”

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2423 or jzavala@hanfordsentinel.com

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