NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The search for the next superintendent of the Nacogdoches Independent School District is over. Thursday night, NISD board members voted unanimously to hire Dr. Fred Hayes.
Hayes has been an educator for the past 22 years. He served as the superintendent of Athens ISD since 2006. He is a former high school principal for Clear Creek ISD and the Jacksonville and Tyler school districts. Hayes is an active member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and a former Texas Association of Secondary School Principals' High School Principal of the Year and Region IV Principal of the Year. Hayes earned his doctorate and master's in Education from Baylor University and the University of Texas in Tyler.
The lone finalist in the search, Hayes succeeds Dr. Rodney Hutto, who retired in April after five years with the district.
Hutto's contract had been extended through the close of the 2011-2012 school year, but said in a December 2010 interview that he would retire early. "I've always believed that change is a good thing, but it's a lot better if you have the time to plan it," said Hutto. "We still have a lot that I would like to accomplish. I hope by announcing my intentions now, you [the board] will have the time to select the best possible candidate for NISD."
A search committee was formed in January to begin the process of hiring a new superintendent. A field of candidates was narrowed to one finalist in early April. Now that After a state-required 21-day waiting period has expired, Hayes can assume the role.
The NISD Board of Trustees had previously selected Ronny Knox to serve as the interim superintendent.
Reacting to his hiring, Hayes said it is an honor to be with NISD. "When we hit the ground, we're going to hit the ground running, and great things are going to happen at NISD. It's already moving in the right direction, but it's going to be excellent."
Hayes' first day on the job is June 9th.