Board Chooses McDonald
Interim superintendent named as Gundry heads to Santa Clara County
In a unanimous vote, the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education selected Brian McDonald to serve as interim superintendent.
McDonald’s appointment will take effect later this month after current Superintendent Jon Gundry’s pending resignation becomes effective.
Gundry, who came to the district in 2011, resigned last week after being named the sole finalist to lead the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
“It is an honor to serve the Pasadena Unified community in the position of interim Superintendent,” McDonald said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to the opportunity to work together with the school board for the achievement of all students in our schools.”
Since coming to the district as chief academic officer in 2011, McDonald, who speaks Spanish fluently, has overseen the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards. He has also led the district’s magnet school program and expanded the district’s dual-language immersion programs.
Previously, McDonald served as the school improvement officer in the Houston Independent School District, where he also served as an elementary and middle school principal for six years. McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston-Downtown, Texas, and a master’s degree in education administration from Texas Southern University. He earned a certification in principalship from Harvard Graduate School in 2002, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in 2010.
“Dr. McDonald’s experience and leadership will be crucial in maintaining consistency and continuity during this time of transition,” said School Board President Scott Phelps in a statement. “His proven track record in closing the achievement gap, along with his collaborative leadership skills, will help usher PUSD into its next phase of growth.”