(Richardson, TX) -- The Board of Trustees of the Richardson Independent School District (RISD) has named Kay Waggoner, Ph.D., currently superintendent of Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, as the sole finalist for the district’s lead position. The action was taken at the Board’s January 29 called meeting and followed a nationwide search conducted by the trustees.
“We are delighted to announce Dr. Waggoner as RISD’s sole finalist,” said Kim Quirk, president of the RISD Board of Trustees. “She is the ideal fit for our district and embodies the leadership profile that stakeholders helped develop. Her experience and skill as a true servant leader will benefit RISD for years to come as we focus on preparing all students for their global future.”
The search process included the development of a Leadership Profile through focus groups and feedback from staff, students, parents and community members. The top five characteristics of the profile were:
The Board received more than 30 résumés and considered 27 applicants from three states and across Texas. Initial interviews were held with nine candidates, which led to additional rounds of interviews as the number of candidates narrowed, and ultimately the selection of the sole finalist. In all, the Board spent more than 50 hours interviewing candidates.
- Communications Skills
- High Ethical & Moral Standards
- Expertise in Curriculum & Instruction
In addition to the profile match, Board members cited Dr. Waggoner’s varied experience, outstanding record as a servant leader, and forward-thinking philosophy on education as reasons for the selection.
“I am honored to be named the finalist for this position,” said Dr. Waggoner. “RISD has a rich history of excellence in programs and services and is recognized throughout the state for student and staff accomplishments. The district’s success is a reflection of dedicated teachers, motivated students, supportive parents, and involved community members. I’m excited about joining the RISD community and working with trustees to implement the Board’s new strategic direction for the benefit of all students.”
Per state guidelines, the district must now wait a minimum of three weeks before officially naming Dr. Waggoner as RISD’s Superintendent of Schools. Texas law requires the Board to give public notice of the name or names of the finalists being considered at least 21 days prior to the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is taken on the employment of the candidate. The date for that meeting will be announced by the district when it is set.
Quirk indicated the waiting period will be used to introduce Dr. Waggoner to RISD staff, students and community, to finalize the potential superintendent’s contract, and for designing a plan to ensure a smooth transition of leadership within the district.
To view Dr. Waggoner’s bio, please click here.
For more information, please contact RISD Director of Communications Tim Clark at 469-593-0305 or visit the district homepage at www.risd.org.