Kennedy will take over the position April 1 of next year, with a salary of $165,000. Kennedy has been assistant superintendent of the district since 2008.
"It should be a seamless transition," said Dr. Linda Callaway, who recently announced her retirement after having served six and a half years as superintendent. "It’s time for the next chapter of my life. It’s time to spend time with my family."
Kennedy will work closely with Callaway and undergo six months of training. Callaway and the governing board were involved in the appointment process since July.
"There were multiple components we looked at, such as the needs of our district and its culture," she said.
Kennedy’s qualifications matched what the district was looking for as a successor to Callaway. He is currently completing his doctorate in educational leadership. He has a master of science in education administration.
"This is an opportunity for me to progress and demonstrate my willingness to work with people as an educator," said Kennedy, who began teaching in 1989 in Chula Vista. He started out as principal in MUSD in 2005.
Over the years, Kennedy has held various positions at different school districts. He was once a GATE coordinator for Bonsall Union School District and a board member for a tutoring and support program for English as a second language students in Quail Valley. He has also worked with the San Diego Zoological Society in order to develop life science programs for children.
"I would love for the district to have greater ties to its resources," said Kennedy. “It’s all about the kids for me.”