Jose Granda, a longtime engineering professor at Sacramento State and a 36-year resident of Davis, filed as a candidate for the Davis School Board on Tuesday, seeking a four-year term.
Granda was a school board candidate in 2012. He also applied for appointment to the school board seat that was vacated by trustee Nancy Peterson’s resignation in March of this year. When he filed as a candidate for the appointed school board seat in April, Granda told The Enterprise, “I have been an engineering professor for 32 years with vast experience on what it takes to teach a child to succeed. I have a lot to contribute. The school board needs a change in diversity of opinions to make independent decisions in the public interest. … This is critical at the time the public trust in the school board is at an all-time low with conflicts of interest and a dismal record in management of the taxpayer’s resources. New leadership is needed. The school board needs a fresh start. I hope to make a contribution towards changing the culture of deficits and endless local parcel tax measures.”
He also has been a vocal opponent of several Davis school district parcel tax measures in recent years.
Granda was born in Ecuador and came to the United States as an exchange student. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UC Davis in 1982, and joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Sacramento State the following year. Granda also served as a NASA public spokesman for 17 space shuttle missions.
He also is active in the community as a soccer coach, and as a classroom speaker on topics including science, engineering and space exploration.
Granda lives in Davis with his family, including a son who attended a private high school during the past academic year.