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Chief Academic Officer


Dr. Jeff Hittenberger serves as Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). Prior to joining the OCDE team, he served in the Santa Ana Unified School District, at the Monterey County Office of Education, and at Vanguard University, where he most recently served as provost/vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Hittenberger has been an educator for more than 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and administration from the University of Southern California. He has taught elementary school, high school English and History, and was a university faculty member teaching education courses and ultimately serving as Dean of the School of Education. 

Dr. Hittenberger has done research and training globally, serving on United States Agency for International Development funded projects in Cameroon and Mali, and working on research projects in South Africa, Israel, and Haiti. He was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for a year in Morocco. He was a co-founder of the Global Business Academy at Valley High School in Santa Ana, and currently serves on the California Partnership Academies state advisory council and the California International Studies Project advisory board.
Jeff and his wife of more than 30 years, Christine, are the proud parents of a daughter and a son, both of whom are products of the Orange County public school system.