John W. Bedell, Ph.D.


District 4 (2016-2020)

Serving Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, and portions of Anaheim.

Biographical Information

John W. Bedell, Ph.D.

Ph.D.: Case Western Reserve University, 1971

Relevant Academic Positions:

Department Chair (Electrical Engineering, Child Development, and Sociology).

Acting Associate Vice Chancellor of the CSUF (responsible for financial aid, admissions, extended education, international programs, education equity programs, articulation with schools and community colleges, etc.).

Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs of CSUF (responsible for collective bargaining issues with faculty; records, admissions; analytical studies, and internships, etc.).

Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and member of the Academic Senate/Faculty Council at CSUF

Member of the all-University Faculty Personnel Committee

Chair and member, The Statewide Academic Senate of the California Sate University System

Relevant Community Service:

President and member of Fullerton School District Board of Education

President and member of the Board of Directors of the Fullerton Civic Light Opera

President and member of Church Council of St. Paul Lutheran Church

Secretary and Treasurer of the California County Board of Education

Vice President and member of the Orange County Board of Education

Chair and member of Board of Lutheran Campus Ministry for Southern California

Chair and member of the Board of the Orange County Area Agency on Aging

Vice Chair and member of the Orange County School Boards Association

Former Member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee

DRPA trained certified mediator.


June 28, 2017 Board Meeting – Invocation

Good morning.  For the benefit of the record, the regular meeting of the Orange County Board of Education is called to order. I’d like to begin with a few comments, of an invocation. As you know, the word invocation has as one of its meanings call for aid and the call for guidance. As we look to today’s agenda, specifically the budget, LCAP and LCFF, I respectfully request that we reflect on a few quotes:  Let me begin with Ben Franklin who said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Where are we at OCDE? We know in the banking world, interest is something you pay for the use of the bank’s dollars, but it also means the albeit low amount currently the bank pays you for letting them use your dollars. For me, the Franklin interest in education metaphor means we put in our efforts in education today and it pays benefits tomorrow. We give up things today and we get a big return later! Just what could that deferred return be? Perhaps it’s a better tomorrow. Malcolm X said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Where is OCDE on this?

Our students learn skills they will use in their careers as well as in their personal lives. They write, they collaborate, they calculate, they network, they evaluate, they play, they read. If you read, if you play, if you evaluate, if you network, if you calculate, if you collaborate, and if you write, you are prepared for tomorrow because you have learned!! And what does learning have to do with anything? Well, Anthony D’Angelo might help us here. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you never will cease to grow.”

We as educational leaders must model the behavior we want to see. If we want our teachers to be cutting edge and passionate about learning and growing, so must we. If we want our administrators to lead, be transparent, and be passionate about learning and growing, so must we. If we want all of our staff to be efficient and compassionate to students and their families, to enhance student learning and growth, so must we. But is just learning enough? Martin Luther King did not think so when he said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of education.” Where is OCDE on this? We joined others in implementing the Common Core so our students who returned to their home districts would be in step with their district peers. We implemented technology so our students would be able to do their assignments, and use technology to enhance their critical thinking skills. When we enforce discipline fairly, when we reward positive behavior equitably and when we hold everyone accountable, including and especially ourselves, we develop character, including and especially our own. Thank you.