Superintendent of Chandler Unified School District

  • Franklin NarducciFranklin R. Narducci
    Superintendent of Chandler Unified School District

    Franklin R. Narducci is the 7th Superintendent leading the A-rated, Chandler Unified School District.  The district is state’s second largest school district, with over 44,000 students and 5,000 employees.

    Prior to his selection as Superintendent of Schools effective January 1, 2022, Mr. Narducci served as a principal and director in the Chandler Unified School District for 25 years, the last 9 years serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and interim superintendent for six months.  Frank has extensive teaching and administrative experience.  Under his leadership, Chandler Unified School District’s Community Education Department was formed, schools have received both State and National recognition for academic excellence and innovative programming including: The National Blue-Ribbon Award; America’s Best; Arizona A+ Schools of Excellence; and selected as the kick-off site for the National Department of Education’s America’s Promise Schools. 

    A dynamic and energetic leader, Frank is well known for his work in the field of education.  He has taught educational leadership and theory courses as an adjunct staff member for Northern Arizona University and is an advocate for Early Childhood Education, having served on the East Maricopa County First Things First Council (Arizona’s Statewide Birth – Five Early Childhood Initiative).  In addition, his past and current work with the City of Chandler’s Educational Coalition, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Chandler Education Foundation, Chandler/Gilbert YMCA, and Read on Chandler is reflected in the support these organizations provide our community today.

    Frank has received numerous recognitions including National Distinguished Principal, Chandler Chamber Administrator of the Year, and was featured in the June 2018 Chandler Lifestyle Magazine as one of the Amazing Men of Chandler.  He also received the Si Se Puede Foundation’s Cesar E. Chavez Educator of the year Award, First Things First Service Award, and was recognized for his leadership role with the Chandler Downtown Community Partnership and the Chandler Center for the Arts.

    Frank was born in New York City where he attended primary school. He attended intermediate through high school in Tucson, Arizona.  Frank is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he was a member of the inaugural PAC-10 track team. He received his BA in Elementary Education and MA in Educational Leadership.  He earned his administrative certification from Arizona and was honored as the College of Education’s Alumni of the Year.  Frank has been married to his wife Vicki for 25 years and has a daughter, Emily, who is a Graduate of Chandler Unified School District as well as Arizona State University.

    Frank is honored to continue to serve the students, families, and staff of the Chandler Unified School in this new capacity.