Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in our community, all activities related to the Superintendent search have been paused for the month of January. Public forums planned for the week ahead have been postponed. The State of the District Address, which was scheduled for January 18, will also be postponed.
Christopher Rice-Wilson, Chair of Superintendent Search Advisory Committee, issued the following statement:
“As chair of the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee, I support and stand with the Board of Trustees in the decision to postpone the finalists introductions and public events scheduled for Monday, January 10th. Dealing with this current COVID-19 surge should be the number one priority of school and district staff. There is no need to rush this search process and endanger our school community and stakeholders. Everyone’s efforts should be focused on getting our district and community safely through yet another surge of this devastating pandemic!”
The Board of Education named two finalists for the position of superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District:
Dr. Susan Enfield has served as superintendent for Highline Public Schools since 2012. A high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Dr. Enfield served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Enfield is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program. Dr. Enfield was named Superintendent of the Year by the National School Foundation Association in 2018, and was recently named the Washington State Superintendent of the Year for 2022.
Dr. Lamont A. Jackson is the Interim Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. Dr. Jackson grew up in San Diego. Not only did he graduate from San Diego Unified, he has been an employee of the district for more than 30 years. Dr. Jackson has held the position of teaching assistant, teacher and coach, principal at Montgomery, Challenger and Wangenheim Middle Schools, and Chief Human Resources Officer for the district. Most recently, Dr. Jackson served as Area 2 Superintendent. He has worked to mentor African American students throughout his career. Dr. Jackson graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social sciences. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of San Diego.