Lewisville ISD’s school board has named Kevin Rogers the lone finalist for superintendent of the sprawling educational complex that serves 53,000 students on 69 campuses located in 13 cities.
Rogers, 55, will replace Stephen Waddell, who retired in January after four years as superintendent. Rogers is a veteran teacher, principal and central office administrator who came up through the ranks in LISD. He currently holds the title of the district’s chief operations officer. He beat out more than 99 applicants from 30 states.
“We had some fabulous candidates,” said Trisha Sheffield, LISD school board president. “It was a great process to just see the caliber and quality of candidates that we had the option to choose from, and then really know that Dr. Rogers was the right person to move forward with all the great things that are going on in our campuses and in our classroom.”
At a meeting called to announce his promotion, Rogers said he looks forward to the future after a grueling process to get the top job.
“They put you through the wringer, and that’s what Lewisville ISD deserves,” Rogers said. “I look out and see parents I’ve known for 29 years, teachers I’ve worked with, administrators. Together we can continue the great things this district is known for.”
Rogers, from Wichita Falls, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and doctorate from the University of North Texas.
He was hired in 1986 as a middle school science teacher, became principal of Arbor Creek Middle School, then served as principal of Marcus High School for 15 years. Rogers became the district’s assistant superintendent for secondary education in 2008.
When Waddell announced his retirement in December, the school board named Rogers interim superintendent.
The school board is set to approve Rogers’ contract on May 18. His salary and other terms of employment haven’t been made public yet.