Tyler ISD to announce finalist for superintendent

Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:18 - Written by Emily Guevara, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

The lone finalist for Tyler ISD’s superintendent position is expected to be announced today during the school district’s monthly board meeting.

In the past six weeks, the board has conducted interviews with six candidates, all of whom had previous superintendent experience, something that was a prerequisite for the board. TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said two candidates were called back for second interviews. In all, 37 people applied for the position.

Board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason said the interviews went well.

“We were very pleased with the interview process, the candidates we interviewed,” she said.

The Rev. Mason said trustees were looking for a person who is visionary, a leader who possesses knowledge about the education field and best practices.

Other key qualities included great communication skills, the ability to foster unity and the skills to take the district to the next level.

She said trustees wanted someone with a compassionate spirit who knows how to be innovative.

The board conducted the search on its own without the help of a search firm. The Rev. Mason said the selection of the lone finalist was unanimous.

“We all feel strongly that this is the person,” the Rev. Mason said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be presenting them.”

She praised the dedication of the board members, whom she said took the task very seriously and spent a lot of time on the process.

Once the lone finalist is named, the board must wait at least 21 days before they officially hire the person.

The superintendent will replace Gary Mooring, who resigned his position effective last month.

Mooring, 64, had served as the TISD superintendent for two schools years, but resigned amid health concerns related to Type 2 diabetes.