San Francisco Unified Has Found Their New Superintendent

The San Francisco school board has selected Dr. Vincent Matthews to serve as the district’s next chief of schools.

The position was made open last year when former Superintendent Richard Carranza accepted a position at the Houston Independent School District in Texas. After several interviews from among 27 applicants, the board ultimately chose Matthews as the best choice for San Francisco.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected as the finalist for the San Francisco Unified District Superintendent,” said Dr. Matthews. “Having been a student in the district I believe I owe so much to the staff members, educators and caring adults who delivered a high quality rigorous education to me.  I look forward to working with the current staff to provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century,”

Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Matthews is currently the Superintendent at Inglewood Unified, a position he was appointed to two years ago by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson when the district went into state oversight due to budget problems.

“Dr. Matthews is an outstanding educator who has done a fantastic job of turning around the Inglewood Unified School District. He built great working relationships with teachers, staff, administrators, and the local community,” Torlakson said. “It’s a loss for Inglewood, but I know he will do the same great things for San Francisco. I wish him all the best.”

Inglewood Unified currently enrolls more than 13,000 students while San Francisco Unified has close to 60,000 students.

His contract is expected to be voted on April 4 at the next board meeting. And Inglewood Unified’s search for a new schools leader will begin shortly after.