SAN JOSE -- In an unusual move, the San Jose Unified School District has named the president of its teachers union as its next chief business officer. Stephen McMahon will start in January, taking over from Ann Jones, who is retiring.
"I appreciate the trust the San Jose Unified community has placed in me," McMahon said. "I will do everything I can to validate that trust."
He acknowledged that he's taking an unorthodox path to the job directing the district's $350 million budget. "I have a lot of confidence in being a good steward of taxpayers' funds," McMahon said.
He "brings creativity and innovation" to the job, Superintendent Vincent Matthews said.
The board of education approved McMahon's appointment Nov. 20 and is scheduled to consider his contract Dec. 13.
McMahon is a product of San Jose Unified schools. He attended the University of San Francisco and earned a teaching credential and master's in math education at UC Berkeley in 2003. He taught at Hoover Middle School and Pioneer High before taking the helm of the San Jose Teachers Association 2½ years ago.