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June 21, 2011 > Pete Murchison named MVROP Superintendent

Pete Murchison named MVROP Superintendent

Submitted By Allison Aldinger

During its June 2 special meeting, the Mission Valley ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Governing Council appointed Pete Murchison to be its new Superintendent starting July 1, 2011. His predecessor, Superintendent Charles Brown, announced his retirement from Mission Valley ROP effective June 30, 2011 earlier in the year.

MVROP Governing Council President, Larry Sweeney stated, "We are pleased to have Pete Murchison as the next Superintendent of Mission Valley ROP. The Board is confident that Pete Murchison will continue the rich tradition of superb career technical education offerings for our high school students in Fremont, New Haven and Newark."

Input about the desired characteristics for the position used to recruit and select the next Superintendent was provided through a series of public forums and emails.

Pete Murchison is a career educator with over 39 years of successful experience in public education at the high school level. For the past fourteen years he has served as the Principal of Irvington High School in Fremont. During his tenure at Irvington High, the school received three California Distinguished High School Awards, a National Blue Ribbon Award and acknowledgement as a "New American High School." In the last two years, Irvington High was selected as "America's Greenest School," and as one of Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools" (2009 and 2010).

Most recently Mr. Murchison has led Irvington's implementation and development of three California Partnership Academies: Science, Health, Athletics and Physical Education Academy (SHAPE), Information Technology Academy (ITA) and New Media Arts Academy (NMAA). All three academies focus on supporting students in career technical education programs in partnership with Mission Valley ROP.

"Pete will be taking over a complex and highly developed series of evolving programs that continue to set the standard for ROPs in California and the nation," said Larry Sweeney. "Leading the team of highly qualified and award winning staff and instructors, Pete will continue Mission Valley ROP's focus of always remembering that we are here to serve our students and districts."

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