Dr. Wesley Smith, Superintendent
With 25 years in California public education, Dr. Wesley Smith is regarded as a strong leader, successful in narrowing the achievement gap, restoring positive working relationships, rebuilding confidence in a school district, and giving families a true voice in their child’s education. His extensive experience includes 17 years as a site or district leader and eight years as an educator and influencer at the state and federal levels.
Dr. Smith joined Newport-Mesa Unified School District in October 2021 and is known as a responsible steward of public funds, successfully maintaining a balanced budget while providing staff resources necessary for meeting students’ ever-changing needs.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate School, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Smith's employment contract was approved by the Board September 2021.