Christie Whitbeck, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Christie Whitbeck was appointed Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD in September 2021. Whitbeck is regarded statewide as an experienced, award-winning leader and innovator who has a reputation as a consensus builder. She has served on numerous state committees to support public education in Texas.
Whitbeck has successfully shepherded data-driven initiatives that support student learning and success. She is credited with opening one of the state’s 10 Regional Career and Technology Centers in Bryan ISD and was named Career Technical Education Champion of the Year by the Career and Technical Association of Texas. She was named a 2019 Outstanding Alumni Early Career Award recipient by Texas A&M’s College of Education for significant contributions to her field made within 10 years of graduating.
During the four and a half years Whitbeck led Bryan ISD, she oversaw the passage of two bond elections through her “2 Bonds 1 Vision” plan, which resulted in significant revenue for the district without raising the tax rate.
Whitbeck is also credited with widespread transportation and safety improvements, increased academic achievement and graduation rates, as well as improved college, career and military readiness rates in Bryan ISD.
Before Bryan ISD, Whitbeck served as Deputy Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD for four years. She also served as Assistant Superintendent of Academics in Alvin ISD, as an award-winning principal in Katy ISD. She began her career as a teacher and language arts specialist in Alief ISD.
Whitbeck received her Ph.D. in public school administration from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. She obtained a master’s degree in administration supervision and a mid-management certification from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University.