Alvin ISD Board Names New Superintendent

Posted on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

The Alvin Independent School District named Dr. James “Buck” Gilcrease as the district’s new superintendent during a special meeting Nov. 24.

Dr. Gilcrease, the former Region 12 Superintendent of the Year, was the sole finalist after an exhaustive statewide search.

“The Alvin ISD search attracted a considerable amount of talented individuals from across the state and we are confident that Gilcrease holds the qualities and experiences that will continue the district’s history of success,” said Cheryl Harris, Alvin ISD board president.

Gilcrease has served as the superintendent of schools in two districts, Haskell Consolidated Independent School District, and, most recently, Hillsboro Independent School District. Under his leadership, the respective districts achieved improvements in academic and state ratings, numerous fiscal accolades, the expansion of instructional programs and quality facilities. In Hillsboro ISD, Gilcrease approached district improvement as a collaborative effort that required open dialogue between school leaders, parents and community members. By fostering partnerships with key stakeholders, the district developed belief statements that guided district decisions and operations.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Gilcrease was a principal at multiple high schools, as well as an associate and assistant principal, teacher and coach. Gilcrease holds a doctorate of education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master’s in education from Tarleton State, as well as a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas.

The Alvin ISD recently posted a Q&A with Gilcrease on its website. See how he expects to meet the needs of the district’s 20,885 students, what motivated him to become an educator and more here.

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