FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Nicole Savio, Orange County Department of Education, (714) 966-4385
ORANGE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS WILLIAM M. HABERMEHL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, MAY 3, 2012 – At the Orange County Board of Education Meeting today, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Bill Habermehl announced his retirement effective June 29, 2012.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to have served as superintendent of this exceptional county,” said Habermehl, who has been in public education for 45 years – the past 11 years as Orange County Superintendent of Schools. “I have had the opportunity in this position to work with outstanding staff, educators, board members, parents, and community members who are doing incredible work for the students of Orange County. I will miss everyone very much, but I know that I am leaving this office in good hands, and I am confident that our youngest citizens will continue to receive world-class educational services.”
Habermehl was appointed by the Orange County Board of Education in April 2001 and successfully stood for election in 2002, 2006, and again in 2010. Prior to serving as County Superintendent, he served in several positions at the Orange County Department of Education, including Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Associate Superintendent. He began his career as a science teacher and football coach in Garden Grove Unified School District, and he served as an administrator in Fullerton Joint Union High School District.
Under Bill’s leadership, he has supported the Orange County Department of Education to create or expand the development of many world-class educational programs, to name a few:
- Alternative, Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services (ACCESS)
- Community Home Education Program (CHEP)
- Inside the Outdoors
- Gift of History
- Institute for Character Education
- Interagency Autism Group (Early Intervention)
- Life Threatening Events Associated with Pediatric Sports (LEAPS)
- Orange County Animation Project
- Outstanding Contributions to Education Awards
- Spotlight on Education
In addition, Habermehl has served on various local and state boards and has been involved in numerous community organizations. He is an advocate of public education, speaking at many conferences and forums throughout the United States. Bill and his wife Holly are looking forward to spending time with their three married sons and their eight grandchildren.