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County Board of Education names interim supe

Mary Ann Dewan to temporarily take over for Jon Gundry, who parted from the position last week

The Santa Clara County Board of Education named a new interim superintendent of the County Office of Education on Wednesday.

Mary Ann Dewan joined the office five years ago as chief of schools officer, and in 2015 she became the deputy superintendent.

During its meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education voted unanimously to select Dewan as the new interim superintendent. She replaces former superintendent Jon Gundry, who recently reached a separation agreement with the board announced on Nov. 8. Dewan's appointment took effect Wednesday.

No specific reason for the parting of ways was given, however, the education office announced the search for his replacement would begin immediately.

"The parties decided that it was in the best interest of students, staff and the community to begin transitioning leadership in a manner that ensures a continued focus on student achievement," education officials said in a statement.

The decision was mutual, according to the office of education.

In a statement, Dewan said she was honored to serve in the new position.

"I look forward to working with out dedicated SCCOE staff, district leaders, and community partners to continue our important work of supporting students, schools, districts, and communities," she said.

Dewan earned a bachelor's degree from Marian University, a master's degree from Butler University, and her doctorate in educational administration from Indiana State University.

With Dewan in the temporary position, board president Michael Chang said the board's focus will turn to filling the position permanently by July 1, 2018.

"As we move through this process, we will be in communication regularly with our stakeholders to ensure that everyone is informed and aware of our progress," Chang said in a statement.

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