Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mission CISD Board of Trustees votes to hire a new superintendent

The Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) Board of Trustees has taken final action to hire Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez as the district’s next superintendent of schools. The vote to hire was taken during a special meeting of the trustees this evening. The target date for Dr. Gonzalez to officially take the reins of the district is Monday, February 15.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the tradition of educational excellence that has become a hallmark of Mission CISD,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “I would like to thank the board members for the confidence they have shown in me, and for the opportunity to build upon the successes seen here during the tenure of Oscar Rodriguez, Jr.”

Rodriguez is leaving Mission CISD to join his wife who accepted a position with Dallas ISD (Independent School District) last summer.

Dr. Gonzalez is coming to Mission CISD from Tuloso-Midway ISD in Corpus Christi where he has served as superintendent since 2005. He actually started his career in education here in the Rio Grande Valley as a teacher in Brownsville, where he also served as an assistant principal and dean of instruction. Dr. Gonzalez has seven years of experience as a superintendent of schools. His professional education background also includes time as the federal programs director at Progreso ISD, education specialist in the migrant education program at the Texas Education Agency in Austin, and superintendent at Lasara ISD.

Dr. Gonzalez received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, a Masters of Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Brownsville in 1995, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Pan American University of Brownsville in 1985.

“Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important jobs the Board of Trustees has,” explained James Olivarez, president of the Mission CISD Board of Trustees. “We took our time to conduct a thorough search with the help of the Texas Association of School Boards and we have every confidence in Dr. Gonzalez’s qualifications. The board is looking forward to a very productive relationship with him.”

“In a lot of ways this is going to be like a homecoming for me,” explained Dr. Gonzalez. “Going back home after an absence always feels good. I really look forward to getting to know the students, staff and Mission community. I am hoping that, together, we can all take Mission CISD to even greater heights.”

Dr. Gonzalez is an honorary member of Kappa Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. He has participated in the Superintendent’s Academy at Lamar University and has made numerous presentations in professional conference across the United States. He has served as a member of the U.S.-Mexico Bi-National Migrant Education Committee, and the Texas NCLB Committee of Practitioners.
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Contact: Craig Verley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
1201 Bryce Drive, Mission Texas 78572
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