Santa Barbara Unified Hires Chief Technology Officer

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By the Santa Barbara Unified School District

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has hired Tony Ramirez as its new Chief Technology Officer, adding a veteran leader to its district cabinet.

Ramirez comes to Santa Barbara after more than four years in the same position in the West Covina Unified School District, where he was named Administrator of the Year for the 2020-21 school year.

He’s also been the Director of Information Technology for the Glendora Unified School District and Foothill Christian School.

"I was drawn to Santa Barbara Unified because of its wonderful and diverse community,” Ramirez said. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve every student and teacher through the lens of technology, safety, security, and innovation."

Ramirez has two degrees from Azusa Pacific University, including a B.A. in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science in Information Technology.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Ramirez chose to join us, particularly at such a transformational time for the district, especially in how we utilize technology in instruction, communication and much more,” said Dr. Hilda Maldonado, the district’s superintendent.

“Mr. Ramirez brings a plethora of knowledge to the position, as well as an energy that I believe will aid Santa Barbara Unified in maintaining an innovative spirit in all that we do.”

Tony Ramirez (courtesy photo)

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Babycakes Sep 24, 2022 12:10 PM
Santa Barbara Unified Hires Chief Technology Officer

The "Invest-O-Pedia" description falls short of describing this position. This is a political appointment for a government institution. How a government CTO operates is a far cry from how a private-sector CTO operates. The decision-making process is completely different for both. I've worked in both sectors and know the diff. The government CTO decides what works best for those who appointed them, and the non-govt CTO makes decisions based upon what is best for the "company." Two vastly different approaches to this important position. Plus, the non-govt CTO needs to perform at a high level and can be let go for under performing....the govt CTO is typically on easy street regardless of performance.

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