LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock-Cooper ISD (LCISD) Superintendent Keith Bryant has been named the 2019 Region 17 Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year.
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) sponsors the Superintendent of the Year program to recognize superintendents who put forth “strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education.”
Bryant, a Lamesa native and Texas Tech graduate, has worked as the Lubbock-Cooper Superintendent for five of his 17 years in school administration. Bryant has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of Lamesa ISD and Bullard ISD.
Bryant has overseen the opening of Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary and New Hope Academy, the rebuilding of Lubbock-Cooper South Elementary, and the initiation of several student-focused measures. Bryant is actively involved in several state-level organizations with educational development such as the Texas Association of School Administrators executive and legislative committees, the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools, the UIL Legislative Council, the Texas Association of School Boards Lone Star Investment Board, the Fast Growth Schools Coalition Steering Committee, and the Friends of Texas Public Schools Superintendent Advisory Committee.
According to a release from Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Bryant has been influential in community improvement outside of school administration, including serving on numerous community improvement boards including the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Area United Way, and the Plan Lubbock 2040 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.
“The Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees is so pleased that the Region 17 selection committee recognizes Keith Bryant’s visionary leadership,” said LCISD Board of Trustees President Paul Ehlers. “He is expertly guiding our district through unprecedented growth with proactive and innovative style while taking care to maintain the traditional, family-oriented atmosphere so important to our school community. There is no one more deserving of this great honor.”
The press release from LCISD states that local nominees for the Superintendent of the Year Program are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee. The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on August 23-24 and select five state finalists. The Texas Superintendent of the Year will be announced September 21 at the 2019 Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention in Dallas.
“I am deeply humbled not only by this award, but to be part of the Lubbock-Cooper Pirate family,” said Bryant. “Lubbock-Cooper is so much more than a school district. It’s a home, it’s a village, and it’s a culture of people - teachers, administrators, parents, and supporters - who are tirelessly devoted to the success of kids. This award is the result of an incredible community, outstanding educators, and exceptional students.”