Tom Changnon, Partner

Tom Changnon served as Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools from January 2007 to January 2019 and was the 2017 President of the California County Superintendents Education Services Association (CCSESA). In his 12 years in office, Tom championed Civics Education, Character Development, Parent Involvement, and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. He earned his BA degree from Stanford University, Master Degree(s) in School Administration (St. Mary’s, USF), and Teaching Certifications from College of Notre Dame.

Tom has over 40 years of education experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. His experience includes general and special education, along with coaching at high school. Tom served as Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent prior to his election as the County Superintendent. Tom is an active member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) serving on many local, regional and state committees including ACSA’s Small School District Committee.

As a district Superintendent, Tom successfully campaigned for a Local School Bond, facilitated the construction of the new schools, implemented numerous award-winning programs, and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Tom has received a number of awards, including being selected twice for the Bill Ullom Award and twice a recipient as the Regional Superintendent of the Year award. In 2018 he received the Chamber Lifetime Citizen Achievement Award.

Tom played intercollegiate baseball while at Stanford University and was drafted by the Houston Astros Baseball organization as a left-handed pitcher. He played a few years in the minor leagues before an arm injury ended his career. He still is an active snow and water ski enthusiast and loves camping and fly fishing. Spending time with his two children’s families and the four grandchildren are a high priority for Tom as he lives his life with passion!