HISD Press Secretary Abbott Leaving HISD

June 30, 2008

Houston Independent School District’s Press Secretary Terry Abbott is leaving HISD to work in partnership with former Deputy Press Secretary Adriana Villarreal at her public relations firm.

Abbot first joined HISD as a consultant, then as press secretary in 1997. In 2000, Abbott began consulting on his own time with organizations around the country. In 2001, he left HISD to become chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education for Rod Paige, who had been named by President George W. Bush as secretary of education. In 2001, Abbott was appointed and approved by President Bush as Deputy Commissioner for Communications at the U.S. Social Security Administration. In July of 2003, he left Washington and returned to Houston to work again as press secretary for HISD.

“Thank you all for everything you’ve done for me and for our Press Office and for HISD since I’ve been here,” said Abbott in a press release announcing his departure. “HISD is the greatest organization I’ve ever been associated with. Rod Paige, Kaye Stripling and now Abelardo Saavedra have been the absolute best bosses I could possibly have hoped to work for and their friendship and support, along with that of our great Board of Education, has meant the world to me and my family. I truly believe HISD is the finest urban school district in America. We worked so hard here in the press office to tell the good stories about the good things that happen here at our schools because those public schools need the public’s involvement and support.”

Abbott’s last day will be August 31.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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