Schools Briefs: CUSD superintendent appointed, De-Anza announces president finalists

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CUSD board appoints interim superintendent

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education voted unanimously last week to formally appoint Stacy McAfee-Yao interim superintendent.

McAfee-Yao is currently associate superintendent of human resources for the district and will take over the top job July 1, continuing through the 2020-2021 school year.

Current superintendent Craig Baker is retiring at the end of June after more than 40 years in public education. He announced his retirement last month. Facing substantial budget cuts, Baker’s departure allowed the board to promote McAfee-Yao and not hire for her position. The executive team’s responsibilities will instead be reconfigured.

FHDA names finalists for De Anza president

A 20-member committee has selected three finalists in the search for De Anza College’s next president.

Each finalist will take part in a two-day, online “campus visit” this week. The visit will include Zoom meetings with various campus groups, as well as a recorded interview with Chancellor Judy Miner. The recorded interviews will be posted on the college’s website after all finalists have completed their visits.

The chancellor is slated to make her final recommendation to the district’s Board of Trustees June 2.

Christina Espinosa-Pieb currently serves as interim president. She assumed the position July 1, 2018, after the retirement of former president Brian Murphy.

According to Miner, Espinosa-Pieb did not seek the permanent position and will return to her previous role as vice president of instruction.

The finalists for the job:

  • Lloyd Holmes, vice president of student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Bryan Reece, president of Norco College in Norco from 2017 to 2019.
  • Wei Zhou, president of Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa from 2016 to 2018.

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