The GSEP Superintendent Advisory Council selected Dr. Sharon McClain, superintendent of Del Mar Union School District, as the recipient of the 2009 Pepperdine University Superintendent of the Year award. The council comprises California superintendents and school leaders, and utilizes Pepperdine University as a forum to discuss issues that concern superintendents and their schools. McClain, an adjunct faculty member in the Education Division at GSEP, was chosen for her dedication to education and embodiment of the GSEP mission of purpose, service, and leadership. Of this recognition, McClain commented, "I'm very excited and honored to receive this award. I know so many wonderful superintendents and feel humbled to be recognized by the Pepperdine faculty. It has been a privilege to teach at Pepperdine, and I admire its fine work on behalf of educators and children."