SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Board of Education named Dr. Mary Ann Dewan as Interim Superintendent of the County Office of Education effective immediately.
Dr. Dewan joined the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in October 2013 serving as Chief Schools Officer and then Deputy Superintendent since July 2015.
She replaces former Superintendent Jon Gundry who recently reached a separation agreement with the Board of Education on November 8. She was selected by a unanimous vote during the November 15 board meeting.
"The board will now turn its attention to filling the position permanently with the goal of having a new superintendent in place by July 1, 2018," commented Board President Michael Chang. "As we move through this process, we will be communicating regularly with our stakeholders to ensure that everyone is informed and aware of our progress."
"I'm honored to serve as County Interim Superintendent and am grateful for the Board's support and trust," said Dr. Dewan. "I look forward to working with our dedicated SCCOE staff, district leaders, and community partners to continue our important work of supporting students, schools, districts, and communities."
Dr. Dewan earned her doctorate in educational administration from Indiana State University. She received a master's degree in educational administration and elementary education from Butler University, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a minor in special education, from Marian University.
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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology support and training directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.