Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Three Finalists for Superintendent Announced

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education has announced the three finalists for the Superintendent position.

The finalists are: William Kowba, currently Interim Superintendent for the San Diego Unified School District; Debbra A. Lindo, currently chief executive officer and chief academic officer for College Track; and Dale W. Vigil, former superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District.

The candidates will meet with the public at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in the auditorium at the Eugene Brucker Education Center. The Board hopes to select the new Superintendent within a month.

The announcement culminates a four-month search and selection process that included extensive community involvement. Members of the public gave input on the desired qualities that the next superintendent should possess. The citizens search committee screened more than 20 candidates, recommending seven to the Board.

The three finalists provided these highlights of their careers:

-- William Kowba, Interim Superintendent for San Diego Unified School District who joined the district in August 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Interim Superintendent in September 2009. A retired Rear Admiral, Kowba had a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Navy prior to joining the district leadership team.

-- Debbra A. Lindo, currently chief executive officer and chief academic officer for College Track, an Oakland, Calif. based pre-college program for students in the Bay Area and New Orleans. Dr. Lindo also served as executive director for the Oakland Unified School District's Middle School Network I.

-- Dale W. Vigil, former superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District. Dr. Vigil was superintendent in Hayward from 2005-09 and was a local district superintendent in the Los Angeles School District from 2000-05.

The candidates' biographies will be posted Thursday on the district's website at

"The Board is pleased to present three highly-qualified candidates for this crucial position," said Richard Barrera, Board President. "Each of these candidates demonstrates the qualities that our school communities have indicated are important for our new superintendent. The Board looks forward to hearing each candidate¹s presentation to the community tomorrow night."

The next step in the superintendent selection process will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday when each candidate will participate in a public interview. Each candidate will be interviewed for 45 minutes by Dennis Morgigno, a professional broadcast journalist from Cox Communications. Morgigno will use a set of questions synthesized from the extensive community input received
over the last four months.

The 6 p.m. Thursday meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St. (92103). It is scheduled to be televised on iTV Cable Channel 16 and streamed live on the district's website at

The public can share comments about the candidates with the Board of Education via e-mail at
This community presentation marks the culmination of a search process that over the last three months has given the public extensive opportunities to share their opinions with the Board about the most desirable skills and personal qualities needed in the next Superintendent. This outreach included five town hall meetings attended by parents, students, employees and
community members as well as opportunities to submit suggestions through the
district website.

In addition the process included the involvement of a board-appointed committee comprised of 15 volunteers who helped facilitate the town hall meetings and reviewed all applications for the position. Based on community input and the superintendent position description, the advisory committee submitted their recommendations to the Board of the candidates to be interviewed.

On June 17, each final candidate will have 45 minutes to answer questions submitted in advance by the public and to present their qualifications. The presentations are open to the public and will be webcast as well as shown live on Cable Channel 16. The meeting video will be available for online viewing at any time. Please submit your suggested questions through the
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Following this community interview, the Board of Education plans to conduct final interviews and make a selection of the new Superintendent at the end of June or early July.