The Houston Independent School District Board of Education is in the process of finding a new superintendent to lead the largest school district in the State of Texas.
The Board of Education is working with the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to find a replacement for former Superintendent Terry Grier, who stepped down on Feb. 29.
The search firm has gathered community input from more than 3,200 individuals and created a Leadership Profile Report, which was presented to the Board of Education during its regular meeting on Thursday, April 14. The Board now will use this report to help guide the search for a new leader for the district.
The firm also created a report outlining the Desired Characteristics sought in a candidate, based on the input it gathered.
Serving as interim superintendent as of March 1 is former Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Huewitt. The board voted unanimously on Feb. 17 to name him as the interim leader while conducting the search for a new superintendent.
Huewitt, who joined HISD in 2001, served as Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer since last July, when he was tapped as Dr. Grier’s second in command and charged with overseeing the district’s day-to-day operations in the superintendent’s absence.
He also oversaw all financial operations of the district, including the Controller’s Office, Budget and Financial Planning, Benefits and Risk Management, Medicaid Finance, Real Estate, Materials Management and Warehousing, as well as the School Business Manager Training Program.
Before being named Chief Financial Officer, Huewitt spent 11 years as the HISD Controller, tasked with accounting for the district’s then $1.5 billion annual operating budget.
Community meetings are currently being scheduled to gather input on the candidate profile for the next superintendent. Check back here for updates.