An archive of messages from Superintendent Hansen is available at

El Modena Civil Rights Hero Celebrated by Orange Community - September 23, 2022

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen is available online at and includes:

  • Honoring Civil Rights Hero Lorenzo A. Ramirez
  • EDGE Employee of the Month
  • Student Board Members
  • SAT & PSAT/NMSQT Opportunities
  • School News and More!


El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen queue está ahora en línea en y incluye:

  • Honrando al Héroe de los Derechos Civiles Lorenzo A. Ramirez
  • Empleada EDGE del Mes
  • Mesa Directiva Estudiantil
  • Oportunidades para-SAT y PSAT/NMSQT
  • ¡Noticias escolares y más!

Celebrating National Arts in Education Week - September 16, 2022

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen is now online at and includes:

  • National Arts in Education Week
  • Update on Vaccine Verification for Workers in Schools
  • National Merit Semifinalists
  • School News and More!


El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen queue está ahora en línea en y incluye:

  • Semana Nacional de la Educación Artística
  • Actualización de Verificacion de Vacunas para los Trabajadores en Escuelas
  • Semifinalistas al Mérito Nacional
  • ¡Noticias escolares y más!

School Safety Community Task Force and School News - September 2, 2022

The latest message from Superintendent Hansen is now online at and includes:

  • Community Safety Forums & Task Force
  • Orange International Street Fair
  • Heat Advisory
  • El Modena HS Alumnus Freddie Freeman donates $500,000
  • School News and More!


El último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen queue está ahora en línea en y incluye:

  • Grupo de trabajo y foros de seguridad comunitaria
  • Feria Internacional de la Calle Orange
  • Aviso de Calor
  • Alumno graduado de El Modena HS Freddie Freeman dona $500,000
  • ¡Noticias escolares y más!

Welcome Back-To-School - August 16, 2022

Welcome to the new school year! Here is the latest message from Superintendent Hansen is now online at and includes:

  • Welcome from the Superintendent
  • First Day of School Signs
  • 2022-23 Health & Safety Plan
  • Visitor and Volunteer Information
  • Universal School Meals
  • Events and News from this Summer


¡Bienvenidos al nuevo año escolar! Aquí está el último mensaje del Superintendente Hansen queue está ahora en línea en y incluye:

  • Bienvenida del Superintendente
  • Señales del primer día de clases
  • Plan de Seguridad y Salud 2022-23
  • Información para visitantes y voluntarios
  • Comidas escolares universals
  • Eventos y noticias de este verano

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.