The San Diego Board of Education named Paul Gothold as its new superintendent of schools Wednesday.
Gothold has more than 25 years of experience in education. He most recently worked as superintendent of Lynwood Unified School District in the Los Angeles area.
The County Board of Education oversees 42 different school districts and more than half a million students.
Gothold's first day on the job will be June 1.
Officials said more than 600 people played some role in the search for a new superintendent by either taking an online survey or participating in a focus group or interview.