Gonzalez Wins Superintendent of the Year Award

For release: October 2, 2020
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(Austin)—Jose Gonzalez, superintendent of McAllen ISD, has been named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). His win was announced at the recent Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) | TASB Convention. Gonzalez was selected from a group of state finalists that included Roland Hernandez, Corpus Christi ISD, Region 2; Michelle Barrow, Newton ISD, Region 5; Jamie Wilson, Denton ISD, Region 11; and Becky McCutchen, Alpine ISD, Region 18.

Gonzalez has served as an administrator in McAllen ISD for 22 years and has been superintendent for the last four, where he serves around 21,000 students. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University—Kingsville and his master’s and doctorate degrees from The University of Texas—Pan American.

The selection committee stated that in McAllen ISD Gonzalez is working to make dreams come true for students at every level by taking a hands-on approach to leadership, being inclusive, and providing the right enrichment to students at the right time.

Committee members specifically cited the district’s close monitoring of performance. Assessing every state-recommended learning objective and closely monitoring student progress is key to the district’s numerous distinctions and its A rating. They noted this appears to be the secret to McAllen ISD’s success, allowing the district to provide reteaching and targeted enrichment to students when they need it so every child can remain on a trajectory to meeting their potential and fulfilling their dreams.

The districts of the winning superintendent and four state finalists receive an award from Balfour, program underwriter. Gonzalez also will receive a Superintendent of the Year ring from Balfour.

Regional winners included the following:

  • Marshall Scott III, Bay City ISD, Region 3
  • Danny Massey, Brazosport ISD, Region 4
  • Andrew Peters, Caldwell ISD, Region 6
  • Jerry Gibson, Marshall ISD, Region 7
  • Greg Bower, Como-Pickton CISD, Region 8
  • Todd Wilson, Chillicothe ISD, Region 9
  • Marc Smith, Duncanville ISD, Region 10
  • David Edison, Aquilla ISD, Region 12
  • Roger Dees, Giddings ISD, Region 13
  • Joe Young, Brownwood ISD, Region 15
  • Darryl Flusche, Canyon ISD, Region 16
  • Juan Cabrera, El Paso ISD, Region 19
  • Thomas Price Jr., Boerne ISD, Region 20

Sponsored by TASB, the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education.

Superintendents from any of the state’s local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee. 

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million students.