APU Honors Retiring Azusa Unified School District Superintendent

News Release

AZUSA, Calif.- In honor of retiring Azusa Unified School District Superintendent Cynthia Cervantes McGuire, Azusa Pacific University announces a scholarship in her name. Beginning this fall, two graduates of Azusa or Gladstone High School who also attended her alma mater Citrus College will receive The Celebrate Azusa/Cynthia Cervantes McGuire $5,000 APU transfer scholarship. The university unveiled the scholarship during Cervantes McGuire’s retirement reception hosted by APU, the Azusa Unified School District (AUSD), and the city of Azusa on June 8, 2012. The event, held on the APU campus, recognized Cervantes McGuire for her 37 years of service as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Featured speakers included Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha and APU President Jon Wallace, DBA.

“Superintendent Cervantes McGuire provided exemplary leadership and influence in the Azusa community for more than three decades,” Wallace said. “APU pays tribute to her commitment to Azusa’s students and families by naming this scholarship in her honor. The university is grateful for her enduring support and friendship, which enabled APU to partner with the school district, creating education programs that enhance lives.”

In collaboration with Cervantes McGuire, APU launched multiple programs in Azusa to benefit local students. These include Azusa Reads, Writes, Counts, and Calculates, which provide afterschool tutoring for elementary and middle school students, and College-Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.), a program introducing the idea of college to hundreds of fourth graders each year.

“Cynthia dedicated her professional life to AUSD and the Azusa community,” said Ginny Dadaian, director of community relations at APU. “She partnered with APU administrators, students, faculty, and staff to advance the educational opportunities of Azusa’s youth. We could always count on her to attend our Job Shadow day and our C.H.A.M.P graduation, or to help us get a new program off the ground like our Professional Development Center at Hodge Elementary School.”

A graduate of the University of La Verne and Citrus College, Cervantes McGuire served in the Azusa Unified School District as a teacher, a principal at three different schools, the director of student achievement K-5, and the assistant superintendent of education services. She was named the district’s superintendent in 2005. Over the years, she received numerous honors including Azusa Unified Manager of the Year, Los Angeles County Bilingual Director’s Administrator of the Year, and Superintendent of the Year by Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce.