Provided by Texas Tech University:
Officials at Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) announced Jim Taliaferro as its new superintendent. He will begin his new position Aug. 1.
As superintendent, Taliaferro will represent TTUISD in the accreditation process to ensure compliance with the State of Texas' education codes and rules. He also will serve as supervisor for the two TTUISD principals and travel throughout Texas, the nation and internationally to recruit and market TTUISD programs.
"TTUISD is delighted to welcome Dr. Jim Taliaferro," Sam Oswald, the TTUISD executive director, said. "We are certain his knowledge, reputation and respect within the state of Texas will be of great benefit to our future growth."
Taliaferro earned his bachelor's degree and Master of Music Education from Wichita State University, followed by his Master of Education from West Texas State University, and a doctorate from Texas Tech.
Taliaferro retired in January from Slaton ISD, where he was superintendent for seven years. During his tenure, the district was designated as a Texas Education Agency Recognized district in 2009 and 2010. Slaton High School was designated a 2008 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon High School.
TTUISD was established by the State Board of Education in 1993, and currently provides educational solutions to students by offering supplemental and home school curriculum at a distance. The district has more than 2,900 full-time students and 8,530 supplemental students.