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 Mountain Empire Unified School District Selects Superintendent

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The Governing Board of the Mountain Empire Unified School District has selected Dr. Patrick Keeley as its next Superintendent of Schools. The Board voted at the regular meeting of the Board on July 7 and approved Dr. Keeley's contract.

Dr. Keeley is presently the High School Principal of Mountain Empire High School. He has held this position for five years. He has also served as a high school principal in the Grossmont Union High School District.  His other leadership roles have been an alternative education administrator, assistant principal, high school dean, ASB advisor and Social Science Department Chair in Grossmont. Noted for his knowledge and leadership skills in developing a positive school climate, he has served as a consultant in San Diego county and across the state of California.  He began his teaching career at Mission College Preparatory High School in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Throughout his career in administration Pat has successfully worked with staff, students and the community. His professional credits also include service as a member and chair on Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) committees, serving as a university supervisor for developing administrative credential candidates and being a member of various community oriented committees and boards. He has been recognized as a high school Teacher of the Year and currently serves as the East County Leadership Charter President for Region 18 for the Association of California School Administrators. In addition, Dr. Keeley has been a featured presenter at regional, state and national educational conferences.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from the California State University, San Marcos, and both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

Dr. Keeley has been married to his wife, Nicole, a community college educator, for over 24 years. Their hobbies include attending live music events, travel, and spending time with family and friends. They have two children.

Mrs. Heimerdinger, MEUSD Board president, said of Dr. Keeley's selection, "The Board was unanimous in its selection of Pat as our next superintendent. At the start of the search our search consultant met with board members and others to gather views on what criteria we should be looking for in our next superintendent. Pat exceeds those criteria. He has an excellent record as an educator and as an administrator. The board was pleased that he has such strong experience in leading schools and can seamlessly transition into this position from his current role as our high school principal. As a Mountain Empire graduate, Pat has a true love for and commitment to the success of our district and in serving our Mountain Empire community."   

Dr. Keeley indicates, "I am humbled and honored that the Board has selected me to be the next Superintendent. I look forward to continuing my work with the individuals and groups who have given the Mountain Empire Unified School District area the fine reputation, family focus, and friendly atmosphere that it has. The school system has a wonderful history, treasured traditions, and so much of which to be proud. I am excited at the potential for even greater accomplishments as we face new challenges together." 

Dr. Keeley begins his new role on Sept. 1 succeeding Dr. Kathy Granger as the superintendent of Mountain Empire Unified School District.