Mt. Diablo Unified Board of Trustees Narrows Search for Next Superintendent to Single Finalist

Press Release


Formal vote scheduled for August 12 Board meeting

CONCORD, CA – After an extensive nationwide search, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education has announced it has identified a sole finalist for the position of Superintendent – Dr. Robert A. Martinez, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Fairfield-Suisin Unified School District (FSUSD). Pending a site visit to FSUSD and final contract negotiations, the Board is expected to approve Dr. Martinez’ appointment at the August 12, 2019 Board meeting.

“Many highly-qualified educators applied for the superintendent position,” said Joanne Durkee, MDUSD Board President. “Dr. Martinez emerged from the finalist interviews as the ideal candidate for this important leadership role.”

“We have made significant progress over the past few years, and we are excited to have Dr. Martinez join us and lead us into even greater gains and successes going forward,” she added.

Dr. Martinez has served the students, families, and employees of FSUSD for 32 years. A native of Baldwin Park, California, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Davis, and an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University.  Previous to serving as an Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Martinez also served as a school psychologist, assistant principal, principal, and director.

He is a member of the board for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA).

“I am honored that the Board of Education has selected me as the finalist for Superintendent,” said Dr. Martinez.  “Mt. Diablo has shown a clear commitment to creating learning environments that are based in equity, to assisting each student with excelling academically and socially, and are focused on readying students for college readiness, careers, and as citizens of their community.”

“I am especially proud of being part of the future for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District,” he added.

“The Board of Education made its decision with input gathered from key stakeholder groups regarding the qualities of our next Superintendent. Based on the feedback received from more than 500 parents, staff, and community members, we sought someone who is a collaborative, energetic leader, who values our accomplishments, and wants to continue our efforts to provide the quality education our students deserve and our families expect,” noted Durkee, “After a rigorous screening and interview process, Dr. Martinez was chosen as the best fit. He brings the skills, intellect, heart, and passion to lead our District into the future.”


Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco.

As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County at Ygnacio Valley High School; Oak Grove Middle School is an approved candidate for the IB Middle Years Programme. MDUSD has one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program, enabling high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while also meeting high school graduation requirements.

MDUSD also has implemented the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program across the district, K-12.  Learn more at