Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kowba Named Sole Finalist for Superintendent

A retired Navy admiral and four-year veteran of San Diego Unified, Bill Kowba, was announced today by the Board of Education as the sole finalist for the vacant position of superintendent.

"I'm certainly honored that the board has had the confidence in me to go forward in this process," Kowba told the Board of Education at today's meeting, following the announcement by Richard Barrera, Board President, at the start of today's meeting.

Kowba will now negotiate with the district on a contract; once that is settled and approved by the Board, Kowba will officially lose the "interim" from his title.

Kowba joined the district in August 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. He assumed additional responsibilities as Acting Chief Administrative Officer in August 2007 and served as the Interim Superintendent from January-March 2008. Following the appointment of Dr. Terry Grier as Superintendent, he served as Chief Logistics Officer, where he managed the district's operational and facilities departments. He has served as Interim Superintendent since Grier's departure last September.

A retired Rear Admiral, Kowba had a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. He was the first commander of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers organization, a Navy logistics force that streamlined regional and waterfront support and financial and acquisition operations. In this last assignment before joining the district, he developed a global network of Navy supply centers at more than 100 locations staffed by nearly 7,000 logistics, acquisition, and financial professionals.