2013 Distinguished Alumnus
Steven L. Fish
Superintendent, Saddleback Valley Unified School District (Retired)
1997, Ed.D., Policy and Administration, University of Southern California
1978, Master of Arts, Elementary Education, CSULB
1971, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, CSULB
Steven Fish has been an active force in K-12 education for over 40 years. He retired as superintendent of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, where he served from 2005-10 and oversaw more than $200 million in new construction and learning environment improvements. Prior to this, he was superintendent of Torrance Unified (2002-05) and West Covina Unified School Districts (1996-02).
From 1983 on, he ascended through the ranks of the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), starting as a program specialist and rising to elementary school principal and finally deputy superintendent. His educational career began as an elementary school teacher in both the Magnolia School District and LBUSD.
Presently, Fish teaches the USC Ed.D. program’s leadership class and is the former Dean's Advisory Group for Superintendents chairperson. From 1995-10, he was a Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditations visiting committee chairperson.
He is an American Association of School Administrators and Southern California Superintendents member, and sat on directors’ boards for the Greater Lakewood and Torrance Chambers of Commerce as well as the Salvation Army.
Since 2011, he has volunteered at Vista Del Mar Elementary School. At CSULB, he belongs to Phi Delta Kappa and, in 1994, served on the Education Administration Advisory Board.
Fish and his wife of 40 years, Sue, have two sons, Brett and Brad, and two grandchildren, Brady and Kendall. He enjoys working on his ’52 Ford Galaxie.
From Alumni Awards 2013 program