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Trustees Name Christie Whitbeck Bryan ISD Superintendent

The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted tonight to name Dr. Christie Whitbeck as superintendent of Bryan ISD. Following the vote, Board President Trey Moore introduced Whitbeck to the community and welcomed more than 100 guests to her welcome reception.

The new superintendent greeted students, parents, community members and staff, sharing her excitement for her new position. Whitbeck thanked the board for the opportunity to serve and praised the floral design, culinary arts, orchestra and other student groups who provided hospitality, food and entertainment for the evening. She announced her first day on the job as April 17 and expressed excitement about the activities she has planned for her first 100 days.

Whitbeck will visit all campuses, speak with principals, meet with other staff and assume oversight of the major initiatives underway in the District, including bond construction, grade realignment, new attendance zones and more.

Whitbeck served as deputy superintendent for Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) from 2013 to 2017 and has more than 32 years of experience in public education. While in Fort Bend, she oversaw major District initiatives and assisted in passing a $500 million bond to benefit schools. She assisted the superintendent directly and served as his liaison for community engagement initiatives. She chaired the Academic Advisory Council and led the development of multiple FBISD initiatives such as the FBISD Global Exchange, truancy prevention and leadership development. She was responsible for planning and designing a Career Technology Center and a New School Task Force for the district’s 75 campuses, 74,000 students and 10,000 employees.

Prior to serving at Fort Bend ISD, Whitbeck served two years as assistant superintendent of academics in Alvin ISD. She led elementary and secondary campuses, overseeing curriculum, technology, federal programs, special education, fine arts, assessment and other areas for the district’s 19,000 students and 23 campuses.

From 1989 to 2011, Whitbeck served as principal and specialized in opening new campuses and hiring staff in Katy ISD for Seven Lakes High School, Cinco Ranch Junior High and Roosevelt Alexander Elementary. Under her watch, Seven Lakes High School went on to become a TEA Exemplary High School and a Newsweek Top 1,500 Public High School (Top 2 percent). Cinco Ranch Junior High was named a Texas Exemplary School and a Texas Recognized School.

From 1992 to 1998, she served as principal of Winborn Elementary in Katy ISD. The school became a Texas Blue Ribbon School, an Exemplary School, a Distinguished Title One School and was recognized with the Governor’s Performance Gain Award under her leadership. 

Whitbeck earned her first post in school administration in 1989 as assistant principal of Cimarron Elementary in Katy, a position she held from 1989 to 1992. She served as a language arts specialist, team leader and teacher in Alief ISD before earning her first promotion.

Whitbeck is credited with leading Fort Bend ISD from having 33 Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System schools “staged” for special education to zero schools tagged with the negative mark. She enjoys mentoring educators of all levels, including helping to groom the next generation of assistant superintendents, principals and assistant principals.

Whitbeck earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University in 1982. She obtained a master’s degree in administration supervision and a mid-management certification from the University of Houston in 1987. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2011 in public school administration (suma cum laude).

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Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Bryan ISD Superintendent

About the Superintendent Search:

The search to identify a superintendent for Bryan ISD began in November 2016 and was led by Executive Search Services (ESS), a division of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). After a kickoff meeting with the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees, Butch Felkner and Marian Strauss of ESS/TASB led the District through multiple staff/community input forums and a forum to gain insight from board members. These forums helped to develop the leadership qualifications and characteristics desired by District staff, the community and by Trustees.

The application window closed Jan. 30, then applications were reviewed and seven candidates were interviewed throughout the month of February 2017. Two finalists participated in second-round interviews, resulting in a decision by Trustees to name Fort Bend ISD Deputy Superintendent Christie Whitbeck as lone finalist March 8. By law, lone finalists must wait 21 days before a school board may present a contract and vote to hire them. 

On April 3, the board voted to hire Dr. Christie Whitbeck as the next Bryan ISD superintendent.