Dr. Mick Founts was elected as San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools in June 2010. As Superintendent of Schools, Founts is charged with the ultimate responsibility for all activities of San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Prior to becoming Superintendent of Schools, he served as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Programs and Services. In this position, Founts directed all student programs including Special Education, Educational Services, County Operated Schools and Programs - Workforce Development, Charter Schools, Human Resources, Public Relations, and Educational Grants.
During his more than 30 year career in education, Founts developed the one. Court and Community School program, which is one of the most innovative alternative education programs in the State. He served as the President of Juvenile Court, Community, and Alternative School Administrators of California, and authored the Charter for Venture Academy Family of Schools.
Founts was awarded his Doctorate of Education from University of the Pacific in 1995. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in education, administrative credential, and pupil personnel services credential from California State University, Stanislaus. Founts earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English from Humboldt State University.