Michael Matthews, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District assistant superintendent for human resources, has been named the new superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

Matthews, who has served as assistant superintendent for human resources since 2004, with a brief absence in 2006-07 when he was the vice president of Extreme Learning, will assume the new role effective July 1st. He also served as interim superintendent for Santa Monica-Malibu schools in 2006 while the Board of Education searched for a new superintendent.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the new superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District,” Matthews said. “I look forward to getting to know the Manhattan Beach community and working with the Board of Education, the employees, and the community to move this great district forward.

“I have learned so much in my 17 years with SMMUSD. I am proud of my work with Santa Monica-Malibu employees, the board, the parents, and the community and all we have done together to benefit the students of the district.”

Santa Monica-Malibu district Superintendent Tim Cuneo said he is very happy for Matthews.

“Manhattan Beach is gaining a strong leader who is dedicated to the success of all students,” Cuneo said. “Mike has contributed a great deal to the success of SMMUSD and will be missed. I wish him all the best as superintendent of Manhattan Beach USD.”

Board of Education President Barry Snell added, “Mike has shown great leadership during his tenure with our school district. He was instrumental in guiding Malibu High School in its early days as a new high school, and his work as SMMUSD’s assistant superintendent for HR has been invaluable for our employee groups.”

Prior to joining the SMMUSD district office team, Matthews served as the first principal of the newly-formed Malibu High School from 1993 to 2004, and he previously taught social studies from 1985 to 1993.

When asked about his goals prior to the end of his tenure with SMMUSD, Matthews answered, “The most important thing I will be working on during the remainder of this school year is to bring back as many of our employees as possible by passing Measure A, SMMUSD’s school funding measure.”