HISD’s Chief Academic Officer Named Lone Finalist For Superintendent Of Schools In Lubbock
The Houston Independent School District’s Chief Academic Officer Karen Garza has been named the lone finalist to become the new Superintendent of Schools Lubbock ISD. Garza will remain at HISD through the end of this school year and is expected to begin work in Lubbock on July 1.
“This is a huge loss for HISD and a huge gain for the Lubbock ISD,” said HISD’s Superintendent of Schools Abelardo Saavedra. “Karen has been a force for improving the academic standing of HISD and its schools. Her leadership, in working with the Board of Education, the regional superintendents, principals, and teachers, has helped HISD to make very strong academic progress during her tenure. We’ve been blessed to have someone of Dr. Garza’s skills and abilities. She will be missed, but we wish her well in her new post and know that great things are in store for the Lubbock ISD. I will be appointing an Interim Chief Academic Officer soon, to help guide the district through the transition while the Board of Education searches for a new Superintendent of Schools.”
HISD Board President Lawrence Marshall said, “Karen is a very resourceful and imaginative individual with exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills. She should make an outstanding contribution to Lubbock ISD based on her considerable experience in urban and suburban education.”
“I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to serve the children of this community,” Garza said Tuesday. “I am proud to have been associated with HISD and all the wonderful people that make this school district great. I wish all within the system continued success.”
Saavedra hired Garza in June of 2005. She had been the deputy superintendent of the Corpus Christi Independent School District since August 2004, was associate executive director for governmental relations at the Texas Association of School Administrators from 2002 to 2004, and was executive director for curriculum, staff development, and accountability for the Katy Independent School District from 1999 to 2002. Garza holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Houston-Victoria.