Farewell letter from Cindy Clegg

Dear Friends of HR Services:

By the time you read this, I will have retired as the director of HR Services and will be on leave for the summer. After 32 years in this role, it is time for a new chapter in my life with less to worry over and more focus on family. Gratefully, I will be returning in a part-time capacity this fall to work in compensation services with our member districts—my original passion. 

I have been honored by the opportunity to build the HR Services program at TASB and to work with so many dedicated leaders in Texas schools. And I have been blessed to work with a talented team that I could completely trust to do the right things professionally and ethically every day.

I once read a quote in Jim Walsh’s Law Dawg by the NY Times columnist David Brooks, “Leadership is a passionate activity that begins with a warm gratitude toward that which you have inherited and a fervent wish to steward it well.” My career has indeed been a passionate activity for which I still have tremendously warm gratitude. And I could not be more pleased than to hand the reins of stewardship to Amy Campbell, the next director of HR Services. Amy has been assistant director for three years and she has plenty of passion and the talent to lead HR Services for the next generation. 

When I reflect back over the years and the relationships, I am inspired by your heart, dedication, and resilience. I have often said that school people are the best kind of people—and those who are chosen to be the HR leaders are the best of the best. We have faced so many challenges together as human resources grew more complex and demanding over the past three decades. In the beginning there was no FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ACA, TTAS, PDAS, T-TESS, term contracts, and so on. Staffing and salary decisions were driven by state formula funding with little local control. So you can see how far we have come together—and yet there is still a long way to go.  As I have cleaned out 34 years of files, I am struck by the problem issues back then that still linger today, namely the challenges in staffing our classrooms with high quality teachers and how we pay them. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with you on these important issues.

To our members, thank you for all the support and all the fun we have had together over the years. I have learned so much from you. It has been a great honor for me to serve in this role. 
With gratitude,
Cindy H. Clegg