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Stakeholder Input Survey

The superintendent search process included an anonymous, online survey for employees and community to provide their thoughts on the characteristics, qualities, and qualifications desired for the next superintendent. The survey was available June 4 - June 30 and has now closed.

Search Process At-A-Glance 

Search Process Flow Chart


Superintendent Search

Board of Education Selects Dr. Wesley Smith as New Superintendent

On September 9, 2021, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Wesley Smith as the new superintendent to lead the District of more than 18,000 students. 

Dr. Smith’s contract will formally be approved at the September 14, 2021 NMUSD Board Meeting and his first day at NMUSD is expected to be October 18, 2021. 

Read the full announcement on Dr. Smith.

Get to know Dr. Smith in this short video.

Conozca al Dr. Smith en este breve vídeo.

Superintendent Search Process

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is conducting a superintendent search, with advisement from Leadership Associates, an executive search firm. Leadership Associates conducts numerous superintendent searches for boards of education throughout the State of California.  A contract with Leadership Associates was approved at the May 25, 2021 Special Meeting of the Board of Education.

The superintendent search process will include stakeholder input opportunities, robust recruitment and outreach efforts, intensive and confidential vetting of candidates, and presentation of candidates to the NMUSD Board of Education. The Board of Education, is solely responsible for hiring the new Superintendent. The Board will seek, receive, and consider all input from the community, review all applications, interview candidates, and select the new Superintendent.

Information about the timeline, process, job posting, survey, and FAQs will be posted here.  Please check this webpage for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding the superintendent search. 

Interim Superintendent Announced

At the regular meeting of June 22, 2021, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education approved a contract with Dr. Hank Bangser as interim superintendent.

Dr. Bangser officially started on August 3, 2021. Learn more about Dr. Bangser.

Anticipated Timeline | 2021

Please note that this is an anticipated timeline, subject to change without notice.


  • Staff and community online input survey (available June 4 through June 30, 2021) 
  • Staff and community input sessions 


  • Consultants develop and post recruitment materials and job description
  • Consultants advertise and recruit for position
  • July 26, 2021 - Deadline for applications
  • Consultants complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants



  • August 12, 2021, 8:30 am (closed session) - Board confers with consultants, reviews applications, and selects candidates to be interviewed
  • Week of August 16, 2021 (closed session) -  Board interviews candidates, selects finalist(s)
August/ September 
  • Board completes the validation process of the leading candidate and makes final determination
  • September 14, 2021 - Board approved superintendent contract at a regularly scheduled board meeting
September/ October                                   New superintendent begins
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