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Joseph M. Farley, Ed.D. 

ESS Consultant 
Education Support Services Group

Cell: (949) 244-0973


Starting as a high school teacher, Dr. Joseph Farley has over 40 years of public school experience, spanning a variety of teaching and leadership roles. He spent 14 years as Superintendent in three California school districts, with his career culminating as the Superintendent of Capistrano Unified.  Throughout Dr. Farley’s tenure as a school leader, he also served as a lecturer, adjunct professor on school law at CSU, San Marcos, and adjunct professor of Educational Leadership and Human Resources Development for San Diego State University.

Dr. Farley earned his bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Spanish and journalism from La Verne College. He holds a master of arts in educational administration from San Diego State University, an education specialist degree from Point Loma College, and a doctorate in educational administration from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Farley has served in a number of advisory roles including:  advisory board member for the College of Education, Cal State, Fullerton; advisory council member for the School of Education, Brandman University; and board member/secretary, Anaheim Prep Sports/Activities Foundation.  He has also been an expert witness for employment-related litigation cases for various Southern California law firms. 

Dr. Farley is the recipient of the Distinguished La Verne Educator Award and the Point Loma College “Educap” Award for his leadership development in San Diego County. As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Farley has numerous keynotes and presentations to his credit including Los Amigos of Orange County; Cal State Fullerton; Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA’s Hot Topics in Education; and Preparing Future Leaders for OCDE.  He also appeared on KPBS’s Full Focus as an expert panel member on school finance. Dr. Farley is a prolific writer with numerous publications in state and national journals.

Dr. Farley has extensive experience conducting superintendent and top-level leadership searches.  He regularly coaches new superintendents and provides various workshops, including ones on superintendent evaluations and board governance.

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