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Roger R. Rice, Ed.D.

Roger R. Rice, Ed.D.

ESS Consultant 
Education Support Services Group  

Cell:  (805) 207-8253


Dr. Roger Rice’s 37 plus years of school district experience encompasses positions as teacher, coach, administrative dean, principal, assistant superintendent human resources, senior adjunct faculty instructor, membership on Ventura County Workforce Development Board, and Superintendent.


He earned his bachelor of arts in English and his master’s degree in education at Colorado State University.  Dr. Rice received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, where he was on the Dean’s List, and was a nominee for Dissertation of the Year (topic, Secondary School Reform).


Dr. Rice’s focus is on principle-centered leadership.  He possesses strong technology skills and speaks Spanish on an intermediate level.  He was an Associate and Deputy Superintendent, Student Services, with the Ventura County Office of Education.  While at VCOE, he was a chief negotiator, and was involved in career and technical education, special education, Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), court and community schools, migrant, foster, and homeless student programs, and student competitions.


As an Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Dr. Rice acted as chief negotiator and successfully negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements with four bargaining units.  He managed the recruitment, hiring, and staffing for all school sites and central office positions.  And, he helped build the health and welfare benefits program.


Dr. Rice, during his tenure as a principal with the Oxnard Union High School District, earned the Governor’s Award with the largest API increase among Ventura County high schools, annually improved standardized test scores, and he facilitated major campus upgrades which included a comprehensive campus modernization, a new student store, and an all-weather track.


Additional training and professional development include, among others:  implicit bias; equity and access; restorative practices in the schools; state and federal human resources law; Special Education, Section 504, and IDEA training.


Dr. Rice has received numerous awards through the years.  Some of them include:  2022 ACSA Region 13 Superintendent of the Year; 2019 ACSA Leadership Matters Award; 2018 Ventura County Educator of the Year; 2004-2005 Human Resources Administrator of the Year, ACSA Local Charter; 1998-1999 Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.

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