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Newsfront - May 16, 2008

District names new superintendent

Steven Enoch to succeed Rob Kessler

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education announced last week that Steven Enoch has been selected as the district's new Superintendent of Schools. Enoch, currently superintendent for the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento County, will replace Rob Kessler, who is retiring after 13 years as Superintendent for SRVUSD. Enoch joins the district effective July 1.

"We interviewed a number of exceptional candidates, and were unanimous in our choice," said Board President Greg Marvel. "Steve has a proven track record as an effective leader and strong communicator. As a board, we all believe he will be a great fit for our district and our community."

Enoch has been superintendent of the San Juan Unified School District for three years, a district that serves 45,000 students in the northeastern portion of Sacramento County. He has been a public school educator for more than 30 years.

"While it was certainly a difficult decision to leave the San Juan community, I am thrilled to have been chosen to lead such a high quality district in a very strong and supportive community," said Enoch.

Prior to serving as superintendent for San Juan Unified, he held that position in the Mead School District in Spokane, Wash., San Juan Island School District north of Seattle, and Bonsall School District in San Diego County.

He began his career as an elementary school teacher, and has served as an elementary, middle and high school principal. He has also taught graduate level classes at a university.

Enoch has a bachelor's degree in history and sociology from the University of La Verne and a master's degree in school administration from California State University, Fullerton. He has done additional graduate work at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Graduate School.

He also worked in the private sector as executive director of a large educational seminar and conference organization. He has presented conferences throughout the United States and has been published in national educational journals.

Enoch and his wife Kristin have grown children living in California, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and Idaho. They are looking to relocate within the San Ramon Valley.

Enoch succeeds Rob Kessler who will retire after more than 33 years in public education, and rose to become the educational leader of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in 1995.

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has 34 schools, more than 26,000 students, 2,500 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $200 million.

When announcing his retirement in November, Kessler, 60, who lives in Albany, said he is considering going into consulting and executive coaching.

"There are so many opportunities," he said.

Kessler noted that the most important quality for the next superintendent is the ability to communicate.

"I consider it an honor to follow someone like Rob Kessler," said Enoch. "I hope to bring to the school district and the community my own experience and style that builds upon the work that Rob, the board, staff and community can rightfully take great pride in having achieved."

--Staff reports