Todd Oto, who had been serving Visalia Unified School District as the interim superintendent since Jan. 1, was appointed to the post permanently by the school board at its April 26 meeting.
Oto will transition into his permanent role effective June 1. The former superintendent, Craig Wheaton, is now serving as deputy superintendent for the Tulare County Office of Education.
“I consider it the highest honor to be selected to lead the organization that I have served for 29 years,” Oto said.
Oto began his career at Mt. Whitney High School in 1987 where he worked as an industrial arts and technology teacher for 12 years, the school district said.
Oto received his doctorate in educational leadership from a joint doctoral studies program at UC Davis and Fresno State.