Bill Cirone, Santa Barbara county Superintendent of Schools, has a long track record of leadership in education, business, and civic affairs. Elected to his current position in 1982, he is in his eighth four-year term having served 29 years, and is currently the longest-serving county superintendent in the state of California. He has been a teacher and administrator, and has also worked as an executive in the private sector.
Bill serves on the board of the Hazelden Foundation, the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Santa Barbara Fighting Back Task Force (co-chair). Bill also served on the board of the Santa Barbara Community Foundation for nine years where he was the board chairman for two years and the New York based national Teachers Network Board for 24 years, 12 as chair. He is on the board of the National Center for Learning and Citizenship (past chair), First Five Commission of Santa Barbara County (chair), Elings Park, and KDB Santa Barbara Classical Radio (past chair).
He has received the Anti-Defamation League Distinguished Community Service Award, Santa Barbara News-PressLifetime Achievement Award, Santa Barbara Public Servant of the Year Award, Community Action Commission Champions and Lifetime Achievement Award, County Superintendent of the Year Award, the Wildlife Sanctuary Community Service Award, and the Richard Breza Service to Santa Barbara Award. He was also the first superintendent to receive the California State PTA Honorary Service Award.
Bill believes strongly in the importance of participating in the public dialogue about education and civic affairs with regular positive messages. He contributes regular op-ed columns to all the county papers, does daily and weekly radio commentaries for six stations, and hosts four television shows.
Bill has been married to his wife Barbara for 48 years and has one son, Peter.