RISD names new superintendent

That was fast.

The RISD school board met today at 8:30 am to discuss possible candidates to lead the district as superintendent, and at 8:57 am they announced Dr. Kay Waggoner as the lone finalist for the job. Dr. Waggoner currently serves as superintendent for Grapevine-Colleyville schools. Her bio is available here.

“We are delighted to announce Dr. Waggoner as RISD’s sole finalist,” said Kim Quirk, president of the RISD Board of Trustees. “She is the ideal fit for our district and embodies the leadership profile that stakeholders helped develop. Her experience and skill as a true servant leader will benefit RISD for years to come as we focus on preparing all students for their global future.”

The selection process involved developing a profile of leadership characteristics the district was seeking in a superintendent. The top five traits, according to staff, students, parents and community members involved in the search were: leadership, a student-focus, communications skills, high ethical & moral standards and expertise in curriculum & instruction. Twenty-seven candidates were considered.

“I am honored to be named the finalist for this position,” said Dr. Waggoner. “RISD has a rich history of excellence in programs and services and is recognized throughout the state for student and staff accomplishments. The district’s success is a reflection of dedicated teachers, motivated students, supportive parents, and involved community members. I’m excited about joining the RISD community and working with trustees to implement the Board’s new strategic direction for the benefit of all students.”

Texas law requires a three-week waiting period before officially hiring Dr. Waggoner, so she’ll meet teachers, parents and students during that time.



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  • Greg

    I like this hire based on my personal experience with Dr. Waggoner. I have a college age daughter that graduated from GCISD schools. Over those twelve years I had a couple of occasions where I disagreed with a district decision/policy and both times I received a personal phone call from Dr. Waggoner who spent a good amount of time discussing my views and really listening to what I had to say. I have an elementary age daughter in LH and look forward to Dr. Waggoner joining RISD.