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Interim Superintendent


Dr. Gary Rutherford has enjoyed a prolific career in public education that spans over 40 years. Prior to being named Interim Superintendent of Westminster School District, Dr. Rutherford served as Superintendent of Desert Sands Unified School District (retired in 2016), Upland Unified School District, and Huntington Beach City School District. Dr. Rutherford is delighted to return to Westminster School District where he worked as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services from 1999 to 2001.  His extensive experience also includes successful teaching and site administrator assignments at the elementary, middle and high school grade levels.


In 2014, Dr. Rutherford was honored to be named California Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators, and was a finalist in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year recognition program.


Dr. Rutherford has been influential in the development of emerging school leaders as an adjunct professor for California State University-Long Beach, Whittier College, University of La Verne and Brandman University.  An active and involved member of the Association of California School Administrators, he has served on a number of committees and task forces, including: Aspiring Principal workshops, Planning Committee for the Superintendents Symposium, Strategic Planning Task Force, Personnel Institute, Leading the Leaders New Superintendent Program, and the Superintendency Council.


Dr. Rutherford earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts from California State University-Los Angeles, and a Doctoral degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne.