John J. Gyves, Ed.D.

Prior to joining Dave Long and Associates Executive Search Services, Dr. Gyves served as an Executive Search Consultant for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) for ten years. He was lead advisor to school boards in over 23 superintendent searches in districts with student populations of 500 to 51,000 ADA.

Dr. Gyves’ career in public education spanned 47 years, the last 25 as a superintendent of schools in Petaluma Elementary and High School Districts, Ventura Unified School District, Napa Valley Unified School District, Vista Unified School District and Palmdale Elementary School District. He also held positions as Interim Superintendent/Search Advisor for school districts in Pittsburg, Orland and Martinez.

Experiences as teacher, coach, counselor, director of guidance, assistant principal, principal, university professor, assistant superintendent and superintendent, combined with experiences as consultant and school evaluator in 24 states and 10 countries, have shaped his beliefs about education, particularly in his areas of expertise: curriculum and instruction and organizational climate. In addition, appointment or election to responsible offices with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the California City School Superintendents (CCSS), the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the California Secretary for Child Development and Education have broadened his perspective at the policy-making and political action levels of education.

Dr. Gyves was a full-time professor at the University of Arizona and has served as an adjunct professor for the University of La Verne and Azusa Pacific University. He currently serves in a part-time capacity as an instructor and Assistant to the President at the Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula, California.

Dr. Gyves received his bachelor’s degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His dissertation was in the area of curriculum innovation and staff development.