Dr. Leyba is an Arizona native and 3rd generation. He received his B.A. in Secondary Education/History, M.Ed., and Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision from Arizona State University (ASU). His career spans over 45 years in the P-20 system.
He began his career as a Junior High School Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics teacher. He also served as a designated Bilingual Classroom teacher and Adjunct Faculty at ASU and Northern Arizona University.
After his teaching career, Dr. Leyba moved into administration where he served as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and Superintendent. During his tenure as Assistant Superintendent for HR he served as the Board’s representative in the Meet & Confer Process and led a Diversity and Grow Your Own Teacher Recruitment Program. In his role as Superintendent, his team transformed and re-organized the district to focus on a student-centered learning environment.
He further strengthened his facilitation/coaching skills in his role as Co-Principal Investigator for a $15,000,000 National Science Foundation Math & Science Grant involving 15 K-8 Elementary feeder Districts and the Phoenix Union High School District.
After a successful K-12 tenure he moved to the Maricopa Community Colleges where he served as the Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. In this role he supervised a comprehensive HR Department, including Diverse Faculty Recruitment initiatives, implementation of PeopleSoft HR/Compensation/Payroll systems, Legal Services/Employee Relations-Services/Organizational Training and Development. He served as the Chair of the Board’s Team in the Meet & Confer process, facilitated the negotiations process, and was the final arbitor of the Grievance Process. While at MCCD he also served in roles as Vice President and Provost.
Dr. Leyba has also served as an Interim Vice President at Pima CC and Acting Provost. Additionally, he served one year as an Interim President at Los Angeles Mission College. While at Mission College he was active in the Collective Bargaining Process and implementation of Mediation strategies, college accreditation, $179,000,000 Bond construction projects, and professional development for Faculty and Administration.
During his career he has served over forty Arizona K-12 School Districts (and many national districts and colleges), facilitating Governing Board Retreats, Administrative Team Retreats, Strategic Planning, Faculty and Principal professional development and executive coaching. Moreover, he has coached aspiring and new superintendents/community college presidents through programs at Arizona Universities and the Arizona Department of Education, the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) Leadership Institute for Mid-Level Administrators, the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Fellows Presidential Preparation Program, and the Superintendents Leadership Academy, for the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS). In addition, he also has served as a Distinguished Faculty/Guest Lecturer for these programs.
Dr. Leyba, currently serves as a Search Consultant for JG Consulting, facilitating the Board’s Superintendent selection process, as an advisor to the International Alliance Group, an International company based in Arizona, that recruits international bilingual/dual language/SPED teachers, and as an Executive Coach for Thunderbird Leadership LLC. He had formerly served as a Search/Retreat Consultant for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
He lives in Tempe with his wife Debra, who is also a retired superintendent. They were both founding members, (and longest serving Board Members), of the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AZALAS), founded in 1988. Dr. Leyba has been a former Board Member for the NCCHC, ALL in For Education, and is currently with Los Diablos Alumni Association, ASU Scholarship Program and a member of the Arizona Department of Education, Latinx Advisory Council.