CAMDEN - Gov. Chris Christie has named Paymon Rouhanifard as the new superintendent for the state-controlled Camden school system.

Rouhanifard previously worked for the Newark and New York City public school systems.

Born in Iran, Rouhanifard's family fled to the United States when he was a child to avoid persecution.

The governor says he believes Rouhanifard has the background to turn around a district that's home to 23 of the 26 lowest performing schools in the state.

"Our kids face some challenges in their lives, challenges many of us here can't fully comprehend," Rouhanifard says. "But I'm confident that we can work together to deliver on that goal."

The choice for superintendent must still be confirmed by the Camden school board.