Tommy Chang, an instructional superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been hired as the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools.
After considering four finalists for the job, the Boston School Committee voted 5 to 2 to offer the job to Chang, 39.
"Dr. Chang will provide the leadership that our school system needs," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement, "and I am confident that his innovative views on education will move our students forward."
Since July 2012, Chang has been the Local Instructional Superintendent, Intensive Support & Innovation Center in the Los Angeles district, where he oversees 135 schools and about 95,000 students. He also has been an assistant to the superintendent, principal of a charter high school, and a biology teacher.
The Boston system has an enrollment of about 57,000. It has been without a permanent superintendent since Carol Johnson retired in 2013 after leading the district for six years.