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BOE Selects Next Superintendent

The Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Ward Andrus has been selected as the new superintendent.

Leadership Associates, a top search firm, conducted a national search, solicited input for the new superintendent by conducting listening sessions with district and school site administrators, staff, parents, and district partners. A community forum was held in January and an online survey was open for the community to complete. These efforts yielded an incredibly talented and impressive list of candidates from which the Board unanimously selected Dr. Andrus.  

Dr. Andrus most recently served as the Superintendent for Central Union High School District (CUHSD) in El Centro, CA. He is an innovative leader with an impressive depth of experience in California’s K-12 education system. His proven track record as a teacher, vice principal, principal, executive director, interim assistant superintendent, and superintendent have uniquely positioned him to serve the MVUSD community. As the CUHSD Superintendent, he led a student voice project to    re-engage students while addressing learning loss and social-emotional needs. He also led the construction of a 60,000 square foot, 31 classroom science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) building.  

Prior to CUHSD, Dr. Andrus served in several administrative positions for the Placer County Office of Education, San Juan Unified, Folsom-Cordova Unified and the Stockton Unified School District. While at the Stockton Unified School District, Dr. Andrus worked with a network of 56 schools, providing services to approximately 34,000 students. This experience afforded him the opportunity to lead the way for staff, students, and parents in the areas of career technical education development, social-emotional learning, intervention support, human resources, professional development, and facilities management.  

MVUSD Board President Kris Thomasian states, “Murrieta Valley has been blessed with superintendents who have continuously raised the bar while building relationships with the community. Dr. Andrus, for the past 24 years, has dedicated himself to the same educational standards and has been steadfast in his approach to academic excellence.” Mrs. Thomasian further states, “After a thorough recruitment process, the Board unanimously selected Dr. Andrus as the next MVUSD Superintendent.”   

In a statement, Dr. Andrus states, “My family and I are delighted to join the Murrieta Valley community. I am honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to continue the strong foundation established by my predecessors. As I transition from one incredible community to the next, my immediate priority is meeting students, staff, parents, and community members. I look forward to strengthening partnerships and serving Murrieta.”  

Dr. Andrus earned his doctorate from the University of La Verne in Organizational Leadership, his Master of Arts degree from CSU Sacramento, and his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. Additionally, he successfully completed the National Superintendent’s Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology course, ‘Becoming a More Equitable Educator.’ In 2018, he was named the California Project Lead the Way Educational Leader of the Year for STEM leadership.  

Dr. Andrus has served as a missionary in Peru and is fluent in Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys serving his church and creating cherished memories with his talented wife Debbie and their four children and five grandchildren. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Andrus and his family to the Murrieta Valley.


To view Dr. Andrus transition plan, please click on this text.