Gibson serves almost 16,000
students and has 23 years of administrative experience. He has led
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
for six years. The committee cited
his collaborative efforts with other
superintendents in preparation of
testimony before legislative bodies
and his twice-weekly campus visits
to stay connected with students and
Gibson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at
Midwestern State University and doctorate degree at the
University of North Texas.
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 Texas’ 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
Regional winners nominated by regional selection com-
mittee members for 2016 are:
• Marla Guerra, South Texas ISD, Region 1
• Suzanne Nelson, Tuloso-Midway ISD, Region 2
• Jay Killgo, Vidor ISD, Region 5
• Jason Marshall, Palestine ISD, Region 7
• Don Jefferies, Greenville ISD, Region 8
• Jeff McClure, Henrietta ISD, Region 9
• Cathy Lauer, Nixon-Smiley CISD, Region 13
• Shaun Barnett, Stamford ISD, Region 14
• Bill Wiggins, Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD, Region 16
• Dewitt Smith, Wink-Loving ISD, Region 18
• José Espinoza, Socorro ISD, Region 19
The 2016 Superintendent of the Year will be announced
September 23 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Houston.
The winning superintendents and state finalists will receive
an award from Balfour, program underwriter.H
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The Sherman ISD Board of
Trustees is extremely grateful
for the service ESS provided
in our superintendent search.
They were outstanding
professionals who provided
tremendous insight and
guidance. ESS did an excellent
job of keeping the board on task within the
timeline established. The quality, as well as
the quantity, of the candidate pool that ESS
provided exceeded the board’s expectations.
—Tim Millerick, board president, Sherman ISD