David Vannasdall
Arcadia Unified Superintendent
Twitter: @davidvannasdall


Dr. David Vannasdall has been Superintendent of the Arcadia Unified School District since July 2014. He has proudly served the Arcadia community for more than a decade. Dr. Vannasdall first came to Arcadia in 2005 when he was named Principal of Arcadia High School. Succeeding his seven years at the helm of the Apaches, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent, Education Programs and Services in 2012. Before joining AUSD, Dr. Vannasdall was a principal in Ohio, and also served as an Assistant Principal, School Counselor, and Teacher.

Dr. Vannasdall is one of the foremost innovative Superintendents in the country and has helped transform the Arcadia Unified School District into one of the most forward-thinking and successful school districts in the United States. The graduation rate for Arcadia High School is, on average, 99% or higher, with students matriculating to the most prestigious universities each year, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, and USC to name a few. In 2016 and 2017, Arcadia High graduates were accepted into every Ivy League School in the country. Dr. Vannasdall was critical in helping pass a $216 million facilities improvement bond and a $77 million parcel tax for AUSD. He led a successful 1:1 technology device rollout program for the district’s nearly 10,000 students who attend its eleven schools. Dr. Vannasdall also helped launch AUSD’s annual Arcadia Innovation Summit, free for attendees, which has become one of the leading professional development conferences for educators in California. In 2017, with a District culture of innovation and collaboration well established, Arcadia Unified was one of the first public school districts in the country to partner with AltSchool to take its Personalized Learning to new heights.

With his student-first approach to leadership, Dr. Vannasdall is a dedicated advocate for children who ensures all students are provided with an optimal learning environment. This was highlighted on national television when he was interviewed by Diane Sawyer for an hour-long special on ABC 20/20.  

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Vannasdall later earned two Master of Arts Degrees, one in School Counseling from Xavier University and one in Education Administration from the University of Cincinnati. He also went on to earn his Educational Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 2016.

A proud father of five, Christian, Chandler, Chloe, twins Max and Rosie, and the family dog Nittany, Dr. Vannasdall is married to Jessica who shares his passion for education as a Technology Coach and teacher.  



Vannasdall family photo

Mr. and Mrs. Vannasdall with twins Max & Rosie on the night Dr. Vannasdall was named superintendent in July 2014.




Contact Us:

150 South Third Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 821-6640


Rachel Abeyta
Executive Assistant to the Supertintendent
(626) 821-8300 ext. 6728