Fairfax County School Board Selects Dr. Karen Garza as Preferred Candidate for Next Superintendent

Dr. Karen GarzaThe Fairfax County School Board is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Karen Garza as its preferred candidate for Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools pending final negotiation for employment and a successful site visit to the Lubbock Independent School District (ISD).

For the past four years, Dr. Garza has been the Superintendent of the Lubbock ISD, which serves approximately 30,000 students in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to her role in Lubbock, Dr. Garza served as the Chief Academic Officer of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school district in the country. As Chief Academic Officer, the district's second position to the Superintendent, Dr. Garza was responsible for both instruction and facilities for more than 200,000 students.

“Dr. Garza comes to Fairfax County with impressive credentials and skills to lead FCPS in a time of incredible challenges and opportunities,” said Ilryong Moon, Fairfax County School Board Chairman. “She comes to us with a deep commitment to openness and engagement and is eager to work collaboratively in the best interest of all students. The Board looks forward with great excitement to working with Dr. Garza as it builds upon past successes and moves forward in a new era for FCPS.”

On April 6, 2013, the Fairfax County School Board unanimously selected Dr. Garza as its preferred candidate, noting that Dr. Garza brings enormous energy, humility, intellect, and enthusiasm to the task of leading FCPS. Board members also believe that she is a strategic planner, a systems thinker, a stellar manager, and a highly effective communicator. 

The School Board’s decision is the first step in the final phase of the nearly yearlong search process to appoint a new superintendent of schools.  Board members will be conducting a site visit to the Lubbock ISD and will begin formal contract negotiation. Once those steps are completed successfully, the School Board will take public action on the appointment of Dr. Garza. That action is anticipated to be completed by the end of April. The Board will also begin planning a series of transition activities and public meetings for Dr. Garza before she assumes the position on July 1.

More information is available online.

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