The Irvine Unified School District board on Wednesday announced the appointment of David E. Brown as superintendent and welcomed him to the district.
Brown, 46, is superintendent of San Marino Unified School District in Los Angeles County. He will assume his new job Nov. 1, succeeding A. Stanley Corey, who retired in June after 14 years in that position.
At district headquarters Wednesday morning, school board members introduced Brown, and students presented him with balloons.
Brown received applause when he summarized his goals: "I think a superintendent has responsibility . . . in four primary needs, and they are: a positive image, labor peace, good test scores and winning athletics."
Helen Cameron, school board president, said the board unanimously selected Brown after a nationwide search.
"He can share authority, but he doesn't hesitate to confront tough issues," she said.
Brown said the San Marino district has been declining in student enrollment while Irvine has been increasing.
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"Both situations cause problems," he said. "But I think it's slightly easier to have increasing enrollment, where you don't have to close schools."