North Orange County ROP appoints new superintendent

The North Orange County Regional Occupational Program recently announced Dana Lynch as its new superintendent. 

NOCROP superintendent Dana Lynch

Lynch, assistant superintendent of educational services at NOCROP, will succeed current superintendent Dr. Terri Giamarino pending approval from the board on June 8.

As a former high school social studies teacher, school administrator, department chair and assistant superintendent, Lynch has led a career of more than 25 years in public education. His approach to career technical education earned him honors as the 2021 California Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year from the Association for Career and Technical Education.

NOCROP is a career technical education provider for the Anaheim and Fullerton Joint union high school districts and the Brea Olinda, Los Alamitos and Placentia-Yorba Linda unified school districts. The program offers accredited CTE coursework and career readiness training to more than 16,000 students at 25 high schools, three junior high schools, two middle schools and two Regional Occupational Program facilities. 

Lynch received his master’s degree in education and his bachelor’s degree in political science and U.S. history, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Dana is a collaborative leader who possesses a strong work ethic, operates with integrity, is an active listener and a strong communicator,” board President Karin Freeman said. “He holds a deep commitment to career technical education, and most importantly, is student-centered in all that he envisions for the future of North Orange County ROP.” 

Lynch shared that the courses offered by NOCROP lead students to develop the skills and background needed to reach career success. 

“I am excited to lead an organization focused on elevating the student learning experience and to work closely with our five partner school districts to provide high-quality CTE to all students,” said Lynch.