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John F. Dean

1991 Distinguished Alumnus

John F. Dean

John F. Dean

1966, E.D., Educational Administration, USC
1955, M.A., Education, CSULB
1950, B.S., Education, USC

Two challenges that John F. Dean cites as favorite accomplishments are his election win over a 24-year incumbent in the Orange County Superintendent of Schools post last year and his ascent of Mount Whitney. Along the climb to superintendent, he gained professional experience ranging from kindergarten to college.

After six years as an elementary school teacher, he became a principal then advanced to administrative positions in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Most of his academic life was spent in higher Education at Whittier College where he was a professor of education and chairman of the education department from 1970-89.

A published author he’s served as executive secretary of the 19000-member California Reading Association from 1976-91 and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

From Alumni Awards 1991 program