Keith Larick Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Keith Larick Ed.D.



Organizational Leadership




Dr. Keith Larick is a retired superintendent having served in Placentia/Yorba Linda Unified, Sacramento City Unified and Tracy Unified school districts for more than 20 years.  In addition, Dr. Larick has been the president of Vistar Technologies, vice president of Emaginos, Inc. and has served on the boards of numerous technology companies.  Dr. Larick has more than 30 years’ experience working in doctoral programs and chairing dissertation research.  Currently Dr. Larick is the chair of the University of Massachusetts Global doctoral program. 

Dr. Larick has served as a consultant to more than 300 businesses (IBM, ACER, DEC, Apple, NASA) and educational organizations focusing on leadership, transformational change, futures, technology and schools of the future.  Under Dr. Larick’s leadership the nation’s first classroom of the future was developed in partnership with AT&T, IBM and NIEU. 

Dr. Larick has been recognized by the Association of California School Administrators with the Exemplary Service Award and Region 7 Superintendent of the Year.  Keith is listed in the Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in America.  He has received special recognitions that include Boys & Girls Club of America, Man and Youth award; Special Olympics Courage Award; California School Master Award; California Senate, Educational Technology Award; and Southern Counties Women in Education Management, “Mentor” of the Year.

Dr. Larick’s publications include Eight Tasks for Superintendents of the 90s, The Education Digest;  Can School Leadership Transform - To Face the Future?, The School Administrator; Classrooms of the Future, The Futurist.  Dr. Larick is the author of the book Doing Something About Educational Failure, Information/Education Press.



  • Organizational Leadership
  • Dissertation Process
  • EDD Doctoral Program
  • EDD Curriculum Team


University of La Verne
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership - 1979
Role of the Superintendent in Collective Bargaining

California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. Leadership - 1962
Parent Engagement & Communication

University of La Verne
B.S. Psychology, History - 1961

Scholarly Activities

2017 - ACSA State Superintendent Symposium – Finding Common Ground

2016 - Meaning Makers - Behaviors Leaders Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning

2015 - From Breakdown to Breakthrough – Leaders Perspective of Conflict Resolution

Professional Experiences

1994-2003 - Superintendent, Tracy Unified School District                                                                                                                                            

1990-1994 - President, Vistar Technologies, Inc.                                                                                                                                                              

1986-1990 - Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified District                                                                                                                                     

1976-1986 - Superintendent, Placentia Yorba-Linda Unified School District                                            

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