Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant has been named the 2019 Region 17 Superintendent of the Year.
Bryant is in his fifth year as LCISD superintendent with a total of 17 years experience in school administration. A native of Lamesa and graduate of Texas Tech University, Bryant began his career in education in 1993, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of Lamesa ISD and Bullard ISD.
He serves on numerous community improvement boards including the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Area United Way, and the PlanLubbock 2040 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. In addition to his local volunteerism, Bryant participates in many state-level organizations, including the Texas Association of School Administrators executive and legislative committees, the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools, the UIL Legislative Council, the Texas Association of School Boards Lone Star Investment Board, the Fast Growth Schools Coalition Steering Committee, and the Friends of Texas Public Schools Superintendent Advisory Committee.
During his administration at LCISD, Bryant has overseen the opening of Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary and New Hope Academy, the rebuild of Lubbock-Cooper South Elementary, and the implementation of several student-focused measures, including a mentor outreach program and a 1:1 device initiative.
“The Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees is so pleased that the Region 17 selection committee recognizes Keith Bryant’s visionary leadership,” said LCISD Board of Trustees President Paul Ehlers. “He is expertly guiding our district through unprecedented growth with proactive and innovative style while taking care to maintain the traditional, family-oriented atmosphere so important to our school community. There is no one more deserving of this great honor.”
“I am deeply humbled not only by this award, but to be part of the Lubbock-Cooper Pirate family,” said Bryant. “Lubbock-Cooper is so much more than a school district. It’s a home, it’s a village, and it’s a culture of people - teachers, administrators, parents, and supporters - who are tirelessly devoted to the success of kids. This award is the result of an incredible community, outstanding educators, and exceptional students.”
Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Superintendent of the Year program recognizes exemplary superintendents 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. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee.
The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on August 23-24 and select five state finalists. The Texas Superintendent of the Year will be announced September 21 at the 2019 Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention in Dallas.