Patrick Ainsworth Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Patrick Ainsworth Ed.D.

Associate Dean


Organizational Leadership



Patrick Ainsworth was named professor at University of Massachusetts Global in August 2018. For the previous 5 years he served as adjunct professor and dissertation chair with the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. Since 2013, he has worked as an education consultant, with school districts, businesses, professional associations, higher education, and researchers. His consultancy work focuses on education policy, leadership development, career and college readiness, developing organizational capacity, and facilitating business - education partnerships.


Prior to his current work, Dr. Ainsworth served for 16 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education within the California Department of Education. Patrick provided statewide leadership to secondary education, including high school and middle school, college preparation, adult education, postsecondary relations, career technical education, counseling and guidance, alternative education, and workforce preparation. His responsibilities included high school reform, smaller learning communities, college and career readiness, Linked Learning, Partnership Academies, ROCP, business and labor partnerships, and various state and federal programs.


Previously, Patrick worked for the Riverside County Office of Education, as the Administrator of a countywide consortium of nineteen school districts. He also e He alsoserved as Principal-Coordinator and Instructional Specialist. Patrick was also a teacher of severely handicapped youth/adults, and served as a high school counselor for 9 years.


Dr. Ainsworth earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Management from University of La Verne (June, 2000). Patrick has worked with numerous state and national agencies and organizations and is a past-president of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.



  • Organizational Leadership
  • Education
  • EDD Doctoral Program
  • EDD Curriculum Team


University of La Verne
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership - 2000
Dissertation: Policy Alternatives for Increasing the Number of California’s Graduating High School Students Having the Essential Employability Skills Necessary to Compete in the New Economy

California State University San Bernardino
M.A., Counseling and Guidance -1977
Pupil Personnel Services Credential

California State University San Bernardino
B.A., Social Science - 1973
Anthropology, Geography, and Business

Scholarly Activities

Specialized Bicycles Foundation Advisory Board, focusing on treatment of youth with ADHD - Current

National Career Readiness Partnership Council, Chair - 2012

Congressional Testimony, Subcommittee on Education Reform, United States House of Representatives - 2005

Professional Experiences

California Department of Education
Assistant Superintendent - 2012
Secondary Education – Middle school, High School, Alternative Ed., Career Technical Ed., Adult Ed., Visual and Performing Arts, Postsecondary Relations, College Preparation

Riverside County Office of Education
Principal/Coordinator and Regional Administrator - 1996
Regional Occupational Program, Counseling and Guidance, Workforce Preparation, JTPA

Lake Elsinore and La Sierra High Schools
High School Counselor - 1986
High School and College Counseling and Guidance, School-wide Testing, Strategic Planning

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