Longtime superintendent named interim at Bullard

Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 23:02 - Written by FAITH HARPER fharper@tylerpaper.com

A former Pine Tree and Georgetown ISD superintendent was named as the interim head of Bullard ISD while its board searches for a permanent replacement.

Joe Dan Lee was approved as the interim superintendent at a meeting Monday evening. He will take over the role on Aug. 1, according to a statement from the district.

The position was left vacant after current Superintendent Keith Bryant accepted a position at a West Texas school.

“We are excited to have Joe Dan on the team,” Board President Tiffany Kirgan said. “He is highly qualified, and he is extremely well respected in the field of education.”

Mrs. Kirgan said although Lee is not technically on the job, he is already focused on work.

“He’s already arranged to meet with Mr. Bryant next week and is taking a proactive approach to getting here and understanding what we are doing,” she said. “That is very encouraging.”

Lee was in public education for more than 30 years, and spent 27 of those years as a superintendent in various school districts in Texas including Redwater ISD, Pine Tree ISD and Georgetown ISD, according to the district. He was named the Region 8 Superintendent of the Year in 1988, and was a finalist for the 2002 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year. He also worked for the Texas Association of School Boards from 2007 to 2010. He holds educational administration certificates in mid-management and a superintendent certification.

Bullard ISD enlisted the help of the Texas Association of School Boards to find a permanent replacement for Bryant.

“The next step will be to schedule a planning meeting with representatives from TASB will help us with our full-time fit,” Mrs. Kirgan said.