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Fort Bend ISD Board holds first meeting with search firm, sets August start date for new superintendent (4/1/2021)

FORT BEND ISD (April 1, 2021) – At a special Board meeting Wednesday night, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees held its first planning session with a superintendent search firm and set a goal of having a lone finalist identified by late June with a start date planned for August.


“I want to make it clear that all of us will work together to decide who our next educator-in-chief will be, not the search firm,” said Addie Heyliger, FBISD Board President. “The search firm will serve as the entity that does the legwork. Their tasks will take them across the nation as they find the most qualified candidates.”


The search is being facilitated by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, an executive search and educational consulting firm with more than 30 years of experience.


As the search process continues, the Board’s vision is to capture the desired attributes of a superintendent from all the District’s stakeholders, including students, to create a profile that is representative and comprehensive.


The Board will also be guided by the District’s established legacy as a leader in public education, seeking to appoint someone prepared to guide a high-performing public school system. Fort Bend ISD is an award-winning, highly rated district with students, staff, and individual campuses that receive regular recognition for their achievements.


FBISD’s reputation as a highly diverse district, with nearly 80,000 students, means that the new leader will also need to support the varied needs of students and possess a willingness to understand and advocate for equity and innovation.


The Board outlined the following search activities and key dates:


  • April 2-16 – Online survey to capture stakeholders’ priorities
  • April 13-15 – Board and Stakeholder Engagement-Interviews/Focus Groups (Leadership Profile Development)
  • April 26 – Leadership Profile Report presented to the Board for Approval


Visit for future updates on the search and to find out about opportunities to participate in the process.