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Dr. Wayne Padover

Dr. Wayne Padover
National University
(714) 429-5240

Wayne Padover is a full-time Associate Professor of Education Administration at National University at the Costa Mesa and Torrey Pines Campuses. Previous to this role, he served as a school district superintendent for approximately twenty years in urban, suburban and rural school districts in California and a consultant for the California Department of Education. Other positions included teaching from kindergarten through graduate school, including special education, as well as serving as assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent for personnel and curriculum and instruction. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Foundations Association and the California Consortium of Education Foundations. In addition, he is the Past-President of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration. At National University, he is Chair of the School of Education's Scholarship and Research Committee, a member of the Graduate Council, a member of the National University Institutional Review Board and an Online Quality Course Reviewer.

Born and raised in New York City, he received his Bachelor's Degree at the State University of New York with a major in Education, a Master’s from the University of Michigan in Educational Psychology, a Masters from San Jose State University in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership.

His research agenda includes: educational leadership, action research, educational foundations, charter schools, board-superintendent relations, coaching-mentoring and non-profit organizational development. He is the co-author of a textbook called “Innovative Educational Leadership Through a Cycle of Change” as well as a wide variety of professional publications. He is a regularly scheduled presenter at state, national and international conferences and meetings.


Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Development
University of Oregon

MA Educational Leadership
California State University, San Jose

MA Urban Education
University of Michigan