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(August 31, 2017) – The Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to hire Dr. Michael D. McFarland as the new permanent superintendent of Crowley ISD. He was announced as lone finalist by the Board on August 10, 2017 and has completed a state-mandated 21-day waiting period.
Dr. McFarland will officially assume his permanent duties on October 1, 2017. In the interim, he will spend time learning more about Crowley ISD, its students, teachers, staff and community. Dr. Patricia Linares will continue serving as interim superintendent through September.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. McFarland to Crowley ISD,” Board President June W. Davis said. “He is a transformational leader focused on student achievement. His success as an innovative and visionary superintendent serving a diverse North Texas school district is exactly what our Board and stakeholders were looking for in our next leader.”
Dr. McFarland is currently the superintendent of Lancaster ISD where he has successfully served in that role since 2010. Prior to working in Lancaster, Dr. McFarland was assistant superintendent of achievement for Champaign public schools in Illinois. He has also been a high school and middle school principal in Tyler ISD and Longview ISD and began his education career as an algebra, accounting and computer science teacher.
Dr. McFarland has been recognized at the national and state level for his outstanding leadership as a school superintendent. He was selected as the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year Nominee from Texas in 2015 and he was also selected as the National Alliance for Black School Educator’s Superintendent of the Year in 2014. In addition, the Texas Association of School Administrators selected Dr. McFarland as one of the top five superintendents in the state and the Texas Association of School Boards selected him as a State Finalist for the Texas Superintendent of the Year and as Region 10 Superintendent of the Year.
“I am honored to be named superintendent in this incredible school district,” Dr. McFarland said. “Crowley ISD is known for creating opportunities for success for all students, and I look forward to working with the Crowley ISD Board of Trustees, the educators and the entire community to build on the tradition of success and to ensure that we provide excellence in every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day.”
Originally from Jasper, Texas, Dr. McFarland has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Education from Baylor University, his Master of Education in Educational Administration and Superintendent Certification from Stephen F. Austin University and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Baylor University.
He is married to Cynthia McFarland and has two daughters, Kharis and Michiah, and two sons, Tyler and Jarrett.