FWISD Selects Lone Finalist for District Superintendent

The Fort Worth school board nominated Dr. Joel D. Boyd as the finalist for the superintendent.
The Fort Worth school board nominated Dr. Joel D. Boyd as the finalist for the superintendent.

The Fort Worth ISD has selected Dr. Joel D. Boyd as the lone finalist for the position of permanent District superintendent. The Board voted to approve his selection in a special morning meeting on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Dr. Boyd has served as superintendent of the Santa Fe Public Schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since August, 2012.

Texas law requires that school boards must wait 21 days after announcing a lone finalist before offering a candidate a contract. If selected as Fort Worth ISD’s next top administrator, Dr. Boyd will become the 25th superintendent in the District’s 133 year history.

“Dr. Boyd is a very competent educator who has experienced successes in closing achievement gaps and improving student academic performance,” said Fort Worth ISD Board President Norman Robbins.  “He will be very visible in the community, and has the ability to make people feel comfortable when meeting with them.  We are excited to have him join our Team of Ten.”

Prior to his work in Santa Fe, Dr. Boyd was an assistant superintendent in the Philadelphia (PA) School District where he was also the director of Middle Schools and a middle school principal. He has also served as a special assistant to the superintendent in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Dr. Boyd was also a vice principal in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a team leader and science teacher in Smyrna, Delaware.

Dr. Boyd received his doctorate through Harvard University’s Urban Superintendents Program in 2012. He holds two masters degrees – one in Policy Management from Harvard University and the other in School Leadership from Wilmington College. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware.

His honors include the Excellence in Education Award and the Chairman’s Award, both from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce; the John T. Stephens Fellowship from Harvard University; and the Raymond Heim Award from the University of Delaware.