New Assistant Superintendent of HR

SMUSD welcomes new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Posted on 01/05/2023

Press Release

San Marcos Unified School District welcomes new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources 

Dr. Joel Garcia takes the helm of HR at San Marcos Unified


San Marcos, Calif. Jan. 5, 2023. The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) is pleased to welcome Dr. Joel Garcia (pictured above) as the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. The selection and Board approval of Dr. Garcia to the position comes after a thorough professional search process, including staff feedback on qualities that are important to the role.

“As a school district, we are a people-centric organization and need top quality professionals to best serve our staff and students. The Governing Board and I believe Dr. Garcia has the skills and clear strengths that will enable us to continue to do this with excellence,” says SMUSD Superintendent, Dr. Andy Johnsen. 

Dr. Garcia brings 21 years of educational leadership, with his last seven years of experience serving in Human Resources Administration in San Diego County school districts. Most recently, Dr. Garcia joins SMUSD from the Ramona Unified School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources where he directly led the employee recruitment and recognition programs, including contracts, assignments, and evaluations, as well as led the collective bargaining efforts as the district’s Chief Negotiator. In addition to Dr. Garcia’s numerous awards, he holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from California State University, San Marcos.

“I am honored to join the San Marcos Unified team, and contribute to the longstanding history of educational excellence, to best serve our students, staff, and community,” said Dr. Garcia. 


Media contact: Amy Ventetuolo, PIO

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 760-803-4880 

About San Marcos Unified School District

The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) is one of the top five school districts in San Diego County, providing an unparalleled educational experience. SMUSD operates 19 schools and serves over 19,000 students annually. Led by Superintendent Dr. Andy Johnsen and a five-member Governing Board, together they seek to cultivate an engaging and supportive environment by retaining the region’s top educators, where students are challenged, inspired, and poised to excel.