By Karen Billing
Dr. Holly McClurg has been named the new superintendent of the Del Mar Union School District, the board announced at a special meeting on June 6.
“We feel strongly that Holly is the person we want to lead the district,” said Board President Scott Wooden before a standing ovation for McClurg from the board and district staff. Wooden said McClurg has done an outstanding job for the district and her professional leadership has made a big impact.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity to serve this district and work collaboratively with the board,” McClurg said. “I look forward to working with this wonderful community…I feel very, very lucky to be here.”
McClurg has served as the assistant superintendent for instructional services in the district since 2009. She has 25 years of education experience as a district office administrator, principal and teacher in California, Virginia and Arizona.
McClurg began her career as an elementary school teacher in Yuma, Ariz., and moved to San Diego two years later for a position in the Dehesa School District in El Cajon, followed by teaching positions in Temecula and Virginia, where her husband was assigned to Marine Corps officer duties.
McClurg was a principal for nine years at the Temecula Valley Unified School District, and served as a director of the San Marcos Unified School District. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and also holds a master of arts in education and a bachelor of science degree.
McClurg thanked outgoing district superintendent Jim Peabody for his collaboration with her during his time at Del Mar. She said working with him was “the gift of a lifetime.”