Matthew Duffy became the ninth permanent superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District after the Board of Education approved his contract Wednesday night, the district announced.
Duffy, who will succeed Dr. Bruce Harter, the decade-long superintendent who is set to retire June 30, will officially begin July 6 and will make $260,000 per year, according to the district.
In a statement, Duffy, who was selected among 22 board-reviewed applicants, said he is “humbled and proud” to serve the district’s 29,000 students and their families.
“Matthew Duffy was the consensus pick because he understands the importance of serving the variety of needs in our communities and he has proven success helping students excel,” Board President Randy Enos said in the same statement.
For the last three years, Duffy, a proficient Spanish speaker, has been assistant superintendent for educational services in Milpitas. Before that, he was a senior executive director for New Leaders for New Schools, a national nonprofit that develops and trains school administrators. He was also an administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for nine years and a teacher and assistant principal in New York City.