Retired Houston Superintendent to Join Texas A&M Faculty

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 17, 2010

Abelardo Saavedra, retired superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, will join the faculty of the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR) in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, effective Sept. 1.

"Our department is honored to attract this leading educational leader to our faculty," says Fred Nafukho, EAHR department head. In his 36 years in public education, Saavedra served as a superintendent for 12 years in both Houston and Corpus Christi ISDs. He retired from Houston ISD in August 2009.

After retirement, Saavedra said he wanted to continue his involvement in leadership by working in higher education. Saavedra will teach graduate-level courses in school superintendency, school finance and human resource administration for the public school administration program. He will also be working with student interns in public schools. "I think we can build on the work that the public school administration program has done up to this point," Saavedra says. "Texas A&M has such a great advantage over other higher education institutions in its proximity to an urban area such as Houston."

Saavedra will also co-direct the Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI), which has been held each November in College Station for more than 25 years. He will co-direct ALI with Roger Goddard and Mario Torres, both EAHR faculty members. ALI is an annual conference designed to focus on a critical issue that will help school leaders create or transform schools to help all children become successful students and people. Saavedra received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His research interests involve value-added scores and how they improve academic performance.