Newport-Mesa Names Names Next Chief of Schools

The Newport-Mesa Unified School Board is expected to ink a contract with Dr. Wesley Smith to serve as its next superintendent today. Dr. Smith would start Oct. 18

Smith is a longtime public school educator and administrator with 24 years of experience. He most recently served as the executive director for the Assn. of California School Administrators (ACSA) and is currently an adjunct professor in USC’s doctoral program. He is the former superintendent of the Morgan Hill Unified School District and a recipient of Santa Clara County’s “Superintendent of the Year” Award from ACSA (2013). During his tenure at MHUSD, the district saw a 29 point increase in the Academic Performance Index.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and his master’s from Claremont Graduate School. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education.

Newport-Mesa’s last school chief Russell Lee-Sung retired this summer. Hank Bangser has been serving as the interim superintendent since Aug. 3.