In a special meeting of the Board on Monday, November 19, the FISD trustees named Jeremy Lyon, Ph.D, as the lone finalist for the superintendent position.
Dr. Lyon will replace Dr. Rick Reedy, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Dr. Reedy is retiring in his 16th year as superintendent. He has also served as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent, totaling 34 years of service as an administrator during his 37 years in Frisco ISD. During his tenure as superintendent, the district grew from 3,800 to nearly 43,000 students. He has been in public education for 43 years.
Dr. Lyon is currently the superintendent of the Hays Consolidated ISD, a fast-growth district in central Texas. He is in his 27th year in public education and his 11th as a superintendent. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas-Austin and his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Dr. Lyon was recently recognized by the American School Health Association as their recipient of the 2012 Superintendent’s School Health Leadership Award. Dr. Lyon is married to Dr. Ellen Lyon and they have two sons.
Trustees developed a profile of a candidate based on the needs of the District and the consulting firm N2 Learning brought the best candidates forward for interview that fit what the Board was seeking in a new leader. Five applicants were interviewed.
“Naming a superintendent is the single most important decision a board faces,” President Renee Ehmke said. “We interviewed extremely well-qualified and dynamic candidates and we believe we have chosen the best person for the job to keep moving the District forward and to help us as we progress to the next level.”
State law requires a 21-day waiting period following the naming of a lone finalist. The Board will vote on the hiring of the new leader at a special meeting of the Board in December. Dr. Lyon will officially assume the duties of superintendent in FISD on January 7, 2013.
“I am honored to be selected to lead Frisco ISD. The school district and community share a vision of excellence for education that is rare,” Dr. Lyon said. “I am particularly impressed with their commitment, in the midst of fast-growth, to creating ideal learning environments for children. The results they have achieved are remarkable. Frisco ISD has extraordinary leadership talent throughout the organization. I am honored to join a community and team of educators who are so focused on high student performance and achievement.”