An archive of messages from Superintendent Hansen is available at

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

COVID Testing Opportunities for Students and the new El Modena Aquatics Center Video - September 10, 2021

This week’s message from Superintendent Hansen, including information about COVID testing for students, a video on the new El Modena Aquatics Center, and our OC Parenting Readers’ Choice Award, is now available at

El mensaje de esta semana del Superintendente Hansen, incluido información sobre las pruebas de COVID para estudiantes, un video sobre el nuevo Centro Acuático de El Modena y nuestro premio OC Parenting Readers ’Choice Award, está disponible en

Prioritizing the Safety and Well-Being of Our Students and Staff - September 3, 2021

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen, which includes information about our COVID-19 testing clinics, an update on Measure S, and some great news from our sites, is now available at

El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen, que incluye información sobre nuestras clínicas de pruebas de COVID-19, una actualización sobre la Medida S y algunas buenas noticias de nuestros sitios, ahora está disponible en

August 17, 2021

This week’s message from Superintendent Hansen, including her 2021-2022 welcome video, information about the new school year, and a link to the 2021-2022 Safety & Health-Driven Plan, is now available at

El mensaje de esta semana del Superintendente Hansen, incluido su video de bienvenida 2021-2022, información sobre el nuevo año escolar y un enlace al Plan Basado por La Seguridad y La Salud 2021-2022, ya está disponible en

July 30, 2021

This week’s message from Superintendent Hansen, including our 2021-2022 Safety & Health-Driven Plan, information about free meals for all students, and the Class of 2021 Graduation Survey, is now available at

El mensaje de esta semana del Superintendente Hansen, que incluye nuestro 2021-2022 Plan Basado por la Seguridad y la Salud, información sobre comidas gratis para todos los estudiantes y la Encuesta de Graduación de la Clase de 2021, ya está disponible en

July 16, 2021

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen, including an update on guidance from  CDPH and information about enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, is now available at

El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen incluido la Actualización de la guía de CDPH y información sobre la inscripción para el año escolar 2021-2022, está disponible en

Summer 2021

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen, including news about our successful OPEB Bond Sale and its savings for OUSD, review of proposed TK-12 instructional materials, and link to take our communications survey, is now available at

El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen incluido noticias sobre nuestra exitosa Venta de Bonos OPEB y sus ahorros para OUSD, revisión de materiales instructivos propuestos para TK-12 y el enlace para tomar nuestra encuesta de comunicaciones, está disponible en

Message from the Superintendent - Archive




Orange USD Trustees Appoint Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Orange, CA – December 8, 2017 -Orange, CA – The Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D. as the new Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Hansen has a rich history with Orange having served as both Deputy and Assistant Superintendent, as well as being the current Interim Superintendent for Orange USD.

Input for the new Superintendent included sessions with all stakeholder groups - administrators, staff, community groups, parents and key city and business partners. Forums were held with the constituents and an online survey was available on the District website.  Utilizing the feedback from the community, Leadership Associates, a premier executive search firm, advertised and conducted an extensive nationwide search for the position.  

The Board of Education worked with Leadership Associates Consultants Dr. Kent Bechler, Dr. Dennis Smith and Dr. Mark Ecker, to conduct the Superintendent Search and develop the candidate profile. The recruitment resulted in 36 candidate requests.  This week the Board of Trustees reviewed the 23 completed applications

The Board of Education realized that they did not need to look far to find their new Superintendent, and appointed Dr. Hansen at their regular meeting on December 7. Based on the stakeholder feedback and leadership profile, it was decided she was the best fit for Orange Unified School District.  Dr. Hansen was selected from an incredibly talented group of candidates. 

Newly Elected Board President, Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges stated, ”Dr. Hansen’s leadership and commitment is tried and true. Over the past several months as the Interim Superintendent she has led the district through the opening of schools, developed a collaborative team, supported the implementation of the Facilities Bond, managed the crisis of the Canyon 2 Fire with school closures and evacuations and consistently kept the focus on student learning.  

Her past leadership as the Deputy Superintendent has resulted in the attainment of 24 California Gold Ribbon School Awards, expansion of 13 Career Technical Education pathways, innovative STEAM programs and collaborative relationships with teachers and staff resulting in numerous awards for Orange USD Schools. I look forward to working with her to promote our schools with top quality education preparing students for university, technical trades and well paid careers in the 21st Century.”

Former Board President, Rick Ledesma said, “With a proven track record of success, Dr. Hansen is an incredible asset to the District as we head into the future. She has been recognized for her excellent communication skills, ethical leadership and ability to think outside the box. As an innovator, she established the first Mandarin Immersion School in Orange County resulting in increased enrollment. 

Recently, her leadership team delivered a positive audit report to continue the stellar OUSD fiscal reputation. Dr. Hansen is a highly regarded visionary who will take OUSD to the next level. She is dedicated to the Orange community, committed long-term, and the Board of Education has great confidence in her abilities”

Dr. Hansen said, “It is a distinct honor to be selected by the OUSD Trustees as the new Superintendent.  I am excited to get to work with our team to accelerate student achievement, develop innovative opportunities for learning, and guide the implementation of the Facilities Bond.  I look forward to collaborating with our teachers, staff, students and parents to elevate the district to the next level of success”

Dr. Hansen earned her Masters and Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern California and two bachelors degrees from Tulane University.  She has been an elementary and high school teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, university professor and associate, deputy and interim Superintendent.

Orange Unified School District Mission Statement

The Orange Unified School District, being committed to planning for continual improvement, will offer a learning environment of excellence, with high expectations, to provide each student with the opportunity to be able to compete in the global economy.

Top Ten Core Values


  1. That all students will learn.
  2. That all available resources will be utilized to ensure student success.
  3. That everyone needs to model servant leadership.
  4. That creating a shared vision will empower others.
  5. That communicating our shared vision requires honesty and consistency.
  6. That all people should be treated with respect and dignity.
  7. That we demonstrate trustworthiness by all we say and do.
  8. That we need to listen empathically and respectfully to understand the message beyond the words.
  9. That everyone is our customer and, therefore, we will always follow-up and follow-through.
  10. That what’s best for our students comes first and foremost.