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The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Dr. Michael D. McFarland as the new superintendent of Crowley ISD in August of 2017. He official began his duties on October 1, 2017.
Dr. McFarland formerly served as superintendent of Lancaster ISD for seven years. 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.