HISD search for a superintendent

- The HISD Board of Education is searching for a new superintendent, and trustees want input from community members about the qualities and traits they would like to see in the next district leader.

The board has hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to assist in the superintendent search process. The Illinois-based firm is conducting a survey (which you can find here through the end of the day on Friday, March 25) and helping trustees host a series of community meetings in March to gather input from various district stakeholders. Feedback obtained from those meetings will be used by trustees to finalize their superintendent profile and begin searching for candidates.

  • Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016, at 7 p.m. (Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, District II) Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., 77092 — This meeting is reserved for clergy and elected officials in District II.
  • Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. (Trustee Greg Meyers, District VI) Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 77074

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education has embarked upon the process of finding a new superintendent to lead the largest school district in the State of Texas.

The Board of Education is working with the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to find a replacement for former Superintendent Terry Grier, who stepped down on Feb. 29.

That firm is helping trustees conduct a survey and hold community meetings to gather input on the superintendent candidate profile, which will then be used to recruit candidates.

Serving as interim superintendent as of March 1 is former Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Huewitt. The board voted unanimously on Feb. 17 to name him as the interim leader while conducting the search for a new superintendent.

Huewitt, who joined HISD in 2001, served as Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer since last July, when he was tapped as Dr. Grier’s second in command and charged with overseeing the district’s day-to-day operations in the superintendent’s absence.

He also oversaw all financial operations of the district, including the Controller’s Office, Budget and Financial Planning, Benefits and Risk Management, Medicaid Finance, Real Estate, Materials Management and Warehousing, as well as the School Business Manager Training Program.

Before being named Chief Financial Officer, Huewitt spent 11 years as the HISD Controller, tasked with accounting for the district’s then $1.5 billion annual operating budget.

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