Carl F. Olsen. Ed.D.

Program Lead, Educational Leadership Programs
Coordinator, Master's Degree Culminating Research Projects

Dr. Carl Olsen's extensive experience as an educator has spanned 40 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and university professor. He was a school district superintendent for 28 years, including 25 years as superintendent for the Fruitvale School District from 1987 until his retirement in 2012. At that time, Olsen was appointed as a member of the Point Loma School of Education faculty. He is currently program lead for the Educational Leadership Programs in Bakersfield and also teaches and coordinates the GED 689 Master's Research Projects. His specialty areas are school finance, law, personnel, and leadership. During his years in Fruitvale, the district grew dramatically from a small to mid-sized school district that received numerous state and national recognition awards for the excellence of its student programs. Olsen was a regional representative to the Association of California School Administrators State Superintendency Council and also served as a member of that organization's State Board of Directors. He has previously been an adjunct professor for the University of Southern California, Point Loma Nazarene University, and California State University Bakersfield. Olsen and his wife, a retired first grade teacher, have two adult children. They enjoy spending time on the Central Coast and traveling. Both are actively involved in the ministries of Grace Community Church in Wasco.


  • Ed.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., Educational Administration, California State University Bakersfield
  • Elementary Education, California State University Los Angeles
  • B.A., Communications, California State University Fullerton
  • Communications, Biola University

Courses Taught

  • Professional Clear Administrative Credential Coaching – GED 701 and 703
  • Master's Research and Design – GED 689
  • Culminating Research Project Support – GED 689P
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership – GEL 605

Experience in Field

  • Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2012 – present
  • Interim District Superintendent, Wasco Union School District, 2013
  • District Superintendent, Fruitvale School District, 1987 – 2012 (retired)
  • Superintendent/Principal, Maple School District, 1985 – 1987
  • Principal, Fairfax Elementary & Junior High, Fairfax School District, 1981 – 1985
  • Coordinator, Specially Funded Projects, Clemens School, Wasco Union School District, 1979 – 1981
  • Elementary and Junior High Teacher, Wasco Union School District, 1975 – 1979
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, Ed.D. Program, University of Southern California, 2006 – 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1999 – 2007, 2011 – 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership, California State University, Bakersfield, 1989 – 1999

Professional and Community Involvement

  • State Superintendency Council, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), 2011 – 2012
  • State Board of Directors, ACSA, 2008 – 2011
  • President, West Kern Chapter (ACSA), 2004 – 2005
  • Phi Delta Kappa, University of Southern California Chapter, 1983 – present
  • Dean's Superintendent's Advisory Group (DSAG), University of Southern California, 2002 – present
  • Bakersfield Advisory Council, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2006 – 2012
  • Kern County Consortium for Special Education, Superintendents' Executive Committee, 1987 – 2012
  • Schools Legal Service, Board of Directors, 2000 – 2012
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools Administrative Advisory, 2000 – 2012
  • Executive Director, Fruitvale School District Educational Foundation, 1990 – 2012
  • Moderator, Board of Elders, Grace Community Church, Wasco, 2007 – present

Awards and Honors

  • Fruitvale School District Office Complex Named: Carl F. Olsen Educational Services Center, 2012
  • ACSA Region XI, Superintendent of the Year, 2007
  • ACSA West Kern Chapter, Educational Leadership Award, 2010
  • ACSA West Kern Chapter, Retired Administrator of the Year, 2013
  • Fruitvale School District received 16 California Distinguished School Awards and three National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards while Superintendent, 1987 – 2016

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: "The Relationship of Selected Variables and Perceived Burnout Among Principals," University of Southern California, 1984
  • Presentation: "Perceived Burnout and Sources of Principal Job-Related Stress," California Educational Research Association (CERA), 1985
  • Presentation: "Strategies Used for Coping with Principal Job-Related Stress," California Educational Research Association (CERA), 1987
  • Presentation: "Program Impacts of State Budget Cuts on a Small School District," Small School Districts' Association Annual Conference, 1987
  • Presentation: "Developing a District Operated Afterschool Daycare Program," Small School Districts' Association Annual Conference, 1989
  • Presentation: "Joint Powers and Use Agreements Between School and Park Districts for Developing Athletic and Recreation Facilities," Small School Districts' Association Annual Conference, 1990
  • Presentation: "Preparing for the Next Position: The Job Application and Interview," Dean's Superintendents Advisory Group Future Leaders Workshop, University of Southern California, 2005 and 2006
  • Presentation Group: "The Effect of State Budget Proposals on California School Districts," Annual presentation during meetings with Legislators and Governor's staff, 2002 – 2012