After a nationwide search, the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps as the new superintendent from a pool of 91 applicants. She will not only be the first woman of color but the first woman to hold the position when her contract is approved by the board on March 7. “I am honored to have been selected as the new superintendent for Poway Unified, and I look forward to being part of a high quality team and district,” she said. “I am committed to ensuring that our children not only have the skills necessary to be college and career ready but have the skills needed to be successful in life!”

Dr. Kim-Phelps has 25 years of experience as an educator, serving as an elementary and middle school teacher, vice principal, area superintendent, and as the current superintendent of Westminster School District in Orange County. “Dr. Kim-Phelps is an incredibly accomplished superintendent,” said Board President Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff. “She has outstanding credentials and brings the experience and vision needed to lead the district and embrace the community.” Learn more at