Tom Changnon was elected Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools in 2006.
Since taking office in 2007, Changnon has championed Civics Education, Character Development, Parent Involvement and Career/Technical Education programs in the County. He has led a two-year county-wide campaign to improve student attendance (Every Day Counts), with 17 school districts improving attendance rates the first year and an additional 10 the second year.
He also led a two-year county-wide campaign focused on health and fitness issues called, "Fit for the Future." This campaign was lauded by the Governor's office as a model for the state and Stanislaus County was named "County of the Year" in the Governor's Fitness Challenge two years in a row.
From 2010-2013, Changnon focused on promoting the importance of civility in a world becoming less civil and continues to encourage students, parents and community members to choose positive and respectful behaviors in their personal and work lives. The county-wide effort was called, "Choose Civility" which spread to seven other counties!
Currently, Changnon is focused on increasing graduation rates in Stanislaus County. The initiative is called "Destination Graduation."