EUGENE, Ore. -- Gus Balderas, the amiable yet effective leader of Eugene's 4J school district, was named the top superintendent in the United States.
Balderas was one of three finalists at the national conference on education, held this year in San Diego
Balderas is the district's 23rd superintendent, taking the reins in 2015. He also serves on the Oregon State Board of Education.
He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.