Pictured from left: Andra Self, TASB President-elect & Lufkin ISD Board Member, Brown, and Paul Cheek, Balfour representative & awards program underwriter.
Brown Named 2013 Superintendent of the Year
(Dallas) - Keith Brown, chief executive of Bay City ISD, was named Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) by the Texas Association of School Boards in Dallas September 28. He was selected for the prestigious award from a group of state finalists that included James Ponce, McAllen ISD, Education Service Center (ESC) 1; Guy Sconzo, Humble ISD, ESC 4; Bobby Burns, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, ESC 10; and John Chapman III, Comfort ISD, ESC 13.
During the final round of interviews for the award, the state selection committee focused on such issues as successful strategies to bring communities together collectively to promote teamwork and support for public education, the impact of House Bill 5 on student achievement, and the changing needs and demographics in our public schools.
In making its decision, the selection committee noted that Brown came into an academically segregated district with the philosophy of "instruction is our business" and closed the achievement gap by realigning curriculum and reorganizing campuses. He placed an emphasis on equity for all students and positive cultural change.
Also cited was Brown's responsiveness to the needs of his community. The committee noted his strong emphasis on developing a work force for the surrounding industries and his efforts to help organize a boys and girls club to provide role models and mentoring opportunities for the district's students.
Brown, who refers to himself as a working man's superintendent, has held the position of coach, athletic director, and high school principal. Now in his sixth year as superintendent of Bay City ISD , Brown serves approximately 3,700 students and has more than 20 years of administrative experience. He earned a bachelor's degree at Mid America Nazarene College and master's at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He was the ESC 3 nominee for the SOTY award program.
SOTY candidates are chosen for their dedication to improving educational quality, board/superintendent relations, student achievement, and commitment to public support and involvement in education. Superintendents are nominated by their local school boards. District nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which submits one nominee per region to the state selection committee. Brown received an award and a Superintendent of the Year ring from Balfour, program underwriter. State finalists also received an award from Balfour.
Regional winners nominated by the ESCs are Joseph Patek, Aransas County ISD, ESC 2; Richard Bain Jr., Silsbee ISD, ESC 5; Mary Ann Whiteker, Hudson ISD, ESC 7; Traci Drake, Hubbard ISD, ESC 8; Kent Crutsinger, Sanger ISD, ESC 11; Scot Kelley, Penelope ISD, ESC 12; Jay Waller, Ira ISD, ESC 14; Gary Laramore Jr., Texline ISD, ESC 16; Toby Miller, Southland ISD, ESC 17; Ralph Traynham, Fort Stockton ISD, ESC 18; and James Stansberry, Medina Valley ISD, ESC 20.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million students.
See "Department" -- "Office of Superintendent" to learn more about Keith Brown.