Dareline P. Robles PhD

Professor of Clinical Education Rossier School of Education University of Southern California

Darline Robles, the former superintendent of Los Angeles County Office of Education, joined the USC Rossier School of Education as Professor of Clinical Education in 2010. In addition to teaching in the school’s doctoral and masters programs, Dr. Robles is responsible for the development of a new hybrid master’s degree program in school leadership, to be delivered both online and on-campus. She leads the program development effort in conjunction with faculty and external organizations and experts.

Dr. Robles was appointed County Superintendent of Schools in June 2002, and she led the nation’s largest regional education service agency, serving 93 school districts and 55 joint power agencies that educate 1.7 million students from pre-kindergarten through community college, until her retirement in August 2010. She was the first woman and Latina to serve in the post. As superintendent, Dr. Robles focused on at-risk and special needs students in schools run by the Office of Education, and directed services to cash-strapped districts, particularly those with low-performing schools. She also led a reorganization of the Office’s highly lauded Head Start preschool program.

Prior to this position, Robles served as Superintendent of Schools for Salt Lake City School District from 1995 to 2002, where she was successful in closing the achievement gap and significantly reducing the dropout rate, and as Superintendent of Schools for Montebello Unified School District from 1991 to 1995.

In October 2009, she was named one of the nation’s top 100 influential Hispanic Americans by Hispanic Business magazine. Dr. Robles received her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California is 1994.