Dowdy named NISD Superintendent

Dowdy named NISD Superintendent
Posted on 04/19/2017
Dowdy named NISD Superintendent

By unanimous vote, the Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Sandra Dowdy as Superintendent of Schools during a special school board meeting held on April 18, 2017. 

Dowdy was named lone finalist by the Board on March 27, 2017 and has served as Interim Superintendent since the departure of NISD’s previous superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes on June 23, 2016. 

Dowdy will begin as Superintendent on April 19, 2017.  Her contract concludes on June 30, 2018 and provides for an annual salary of $164,224.00. The new superintendent contract will be available for review on the district website on Friday, April 21, 2017 (

Motion to name Sandra Dowdy as NISD’s Superintendent of Schools was made by board member Esiquio “Zeke” Martinez. The motion was seconded by board secretary Susan Rushing.

“Ms. Dowdy's experience in curriculum and instruction brings the expertise we need to further improve student outcomes,” said board president Steve Green. “As part of her agreement to serve Nacogdoches ISD, Mrs. Dowdy’s success will be evaluated by the gains our students make.  The contract will automatically renew when goal progress measures are achieved.”

“This is a new approach to governance consistent with the Lone Star Governance framework introduced by the Texas Education Agency,” said Green. “The board has established an outcome-based expectation.  With Mrs. Dowdy, we have someone who has demonstrated success and who has confidently accepted the challenge.”

“Nacogdoches has a strong legacy in education,” said superintendent Sandra Dowdy. “Now is the time to improve our performance and achieve academic success.  I am humbled and honored by the responsibility to lead our district forward.”

“We can do this! Every employee of Nacogdoches ISD plays a critical role in the educational process,” said superintendent Dowdy. “I will work diligently with the School Board to move forward in the district’s core mission to educate and inspire everyone to achieve excellence.  I would also like to acknowledge our teachers, principals and staff and pledge to them my ongoing commitment in providing leadership and support.”

Superintendent Dowdy said, “Through collaboration and focused effort we will celebrate the day-to-day victories in learning and teaching and the culminating successes of our schools.  It’s time to begin unifying and rebuilding our district so we can be successful in facing the extraordinary challenges before us. We must work together, and with that, we’ll be better.”

“Mrs. Dowdy is student-focused and we look forward to working with her on important initiatives, including student outcomes,” said board member Rev. James Ervin. “She is committed to creating educational opportunities for our kids.”  

“I believe we made a good choice and Mrs. Dowdy is the right person to lead the district,” said Rushing. “Right now what we really need is stability and someone that can help us further improve student outcomes. Mrs. Dowdy is the person to take us where we need to go.”