The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week unanimously appointed Mike Mathiesen associate superintendent of business services and technology, effective July 1.
Mathiesen will replace Joe White, scheduled to retire at the end of the school year after a 45-year career, including 11 years as associate superintendent of MVLA.
“I am especially proud of being part of a team of people who kept the district financially strong through the economic downturn, as well as seeing the majority of Measure A projects completed,” White said.
Mathiesen has served as assistant principal at Mountain View High School for six years, where his responsibilities included facilities management and working with the site administrative team to achieve district and site goals, such as increased student achievement, alignment of curriculum, grading and instructional practices. He also coordinated the District Technology Committee and helped develop the master schedule, leading staff, students and parents through the course-selection process and appropriate use of staffing allocation. As part of the administrative team, he guided the school through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation, setting long-term goals for the school.
Mathiesen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a master of arts degree in education (administration and supervision) through San Jose State University’s Urban High School Leadership Program. He taught social studies – economics and world studies – at Mountain View High for seven year. He now serves as chairman of the newly reconstituted district Technology Committee as MVLA plans to improve the infrastructure and support services provided to students and staff.
Board president Joe Mitchner praised Mathiesen for his positive work history.
“After watching and working with Mike at Mountain View High School, I find him to be an outstanding administrator who is both well-respected and a strong leader,” Mitchner said. “Mike has proven he understands the big picture and is forward thinking in his decisions – skills which will enable the district to maintain its strong financial position and quality facilities.”
Mathiesen thanked the MVLA Board of Trustees and Superintendent Barry Groves for the opportunity.
“The MVLA district has been my home for the past 13 years, and I am excited to continue to serve the students, staff and families of the district in a new capacity,” Mathiesen said. “My goal is to meet the high standards of the district and maintain the strong fiscal stability that allows us to provide so many great programs for our students,”
Mathiesen lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Cathy, and their four sons.