Superintendent of the Year (SOTY)


Since 1984, the Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award program has honored outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration.

Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members.


The Superintendent of the Year receives a $5,000 award, which will be presented at the 2016 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) Annual Convention in Houston. The award program is underwritten by Balfour and sponsored by TASB.


The Superintendent of the Year will be selected for exhibiting leadership in his or her school district in the following areas:

  • Student Performance
  • Administration and School Climate
  • School Board-Superintendent Relations
  • School Improvement
  • Fiscal Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Instructional Management
  • Student Management
  • Personnel Management
  • School-Community Relations


TASB Regional Screening Committees. Nominations will be sent to the education service center (ESC) in your region.

The ESC will coordinate the regional screening part of the TASB selection process. School board members serving on the regional screening committee represent districts that do not have superintendents nominated for the award and do not have board members on the state selection committee.

Each regional screening committee will submit one nomination to the TASB State Selection Committee. A list of regional service centers and addresses to which nominations may be submitted is posted with the SOTY nomination information at

TASB State Selection Committee. The state selection committee is typically composed of TASB directors appointed by the TASB president to serve on the Member Services Committee. A director may not serve if the superintendent from his or her district is being considered.


A local school board that is currently an "Active Member" of TASB may nominate its superintendent for the award. Entries must be either post-marked by May 16, 2016, or delivered to the designated regional ESC by close of business that day.

Nominees must have served as superintendent of the district since September 1, 2013; be a TASA member; meet the State Board for Educator Certification continuing professional education requirement; and be an active superintendent at the time of the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention.

Superintendents who receive the top state award cannot be nominated again during the following five-year period. This rule does not apply to superintendents who were named regional winners or state finalists.


Entry forms (available at right) must be completed by the school board and signed by the board president, along with a resolution indicating the board’s decision to nominate the superintendent. A basic resume (no more than three pages) with a photo of the superintendent on a separate page should be attached with the completed entry. Please be sure to list current positions and professional organizations at the top of this section of the resume. Please do not submit a spiral-bound entry or include additional documentation or photos. Response to each major heading on the entry should be limited to one page (front only).

To save space on the final entry sent to the ESC, questions need not be restated under each major category. Please retain headings and page numbers for clarity. Use a 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5-line spacing, and 1-inch margins. Please note that board action is required for the resolution. Participating districts should place an item to cover this on their next board meeting agenda.


  • May 16: Nomination submissions due to designated ESC
  • June 30: Regional screening completed and nominations submitted to TASB
  • August 26-27: All regional winners interviewed and five finalists chosen by the TASB State Selection Committee
  • September 23 at Convention: Finalists interviewed and Superintendent of the Year chosen by TASB State Selection Committee
  • September 23: Presentation of the award at 2016 TASA/TASB Convention


2015 Mary Ann Whiteker, Hudson ISD
2014 A. Marcus Nelson, Laredo ISD
2013 Keith Brown, Bay City ISD
2012 Greg Smith, Clear Creek ISD
2011 John Folks, Northside ISD—Bexar County
2010 Arturo Almendarez, Calallen ISD
2009 Oscar Rodriguez, Jr., Mission CISD
2008 Dan Troxell, Kerrville ISD
2007 Joseph Burns, Kirbyville CISD
2006 Daniel King, Hidalgo ISD
2005  Susan Simpson, White Settlement ISD
2004 Mike Harris, Slaton ISD
2003 Shirley Neeley, Galena Park ISD
2002 Michael Hinojosa, Hays CISD
2001 Charles Hart, Canutillo ISD
2000 Annette Griffin, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
1999 Carrol Thomas, Jr., Beaumont ISD
1998 Gerald Anderson, Brazosport ISD
1997 Barbara Erwin, Allen ISD
1996 John Harrell, Uvalde CISD
1995 Charles Patterson, Killeen ISD
1994 Rafael Cantu, Mission CISD
1993 James Smith, Harlingen CISD
1992 Joe Tison, Weatherford ISD
1991 Charles Matthews, Wilmer-Hutchins ISD
1990 Patricia Shell, Brazosport ISD
1989 Harold Guthrie, Spring Branch ISD
1988 Charles Bradberry, New Braunfels ISD
1987 Co-winners Donald Collins, Klein ISD, and Ronald McLeod, El Paso ISD
1986 Fred Hopson, Leander ISD
1985 Lee Williamson, Wichita Falls ISD
1984 Tony Rico, Weslaco ISD 

Questions? Call the TASB Public Information Office at 800.580.8272 or e-mail