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Superintendent Don Austin

Dr. Don Austin is entering his ninth year as a superintendent and his fifth with the Palo Alto Unified School District. He is a California native, growing up in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista before heading to Kansas for his undergraduate work at Baker University.

Dr. Austin believes strongly in the importance of organizational clarity, commitment to the fundamentals of school business, fiscal responsibility, innovation through pilots, access and equity, replicating best practices, honest and direct communication, and meticulous attention to detail.

PAUSD has identified five priority goals for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Celebrate and Serve Others
  • Mental Health
  • Equity and Excellence
  • Early Literacy
  • Healthy Attendance

Dr. Austin strives to hire, develop, and retain the best talent in every position to support all students. He takes joy in seeing the magic moments that make school an experience worth remembering. As a life-long educator and learner, Dr. Austin is proud to serve the Palo Alto Unified School District and pledges his best effort each day!

Dr. Austin and his wife are Palo Alto residents and have three adult children.