The Houston Independent School District has selected Cynthia Wilson as the district’s new chief of staff.
Dr. Wilson currently serves as chief of staff of the Dallas Independent School District, with more than 20 years of experience in public schools. Prior to joining Dallas ISD, she served as a superintendent of the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 in South Carolina.
She also is a former HISD staff member, having served in various roles, including a regional and area superintendent, school principal, assistant principal, and teacher.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Wilson back to Team HISD,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “She not only has knowledge of our district but tremendous experience in supporting a diverse and urban school district. Her skill set will be valuable to our district as we continue to focus on providing the best environment for students and staff and improving engagement with school stakeholders.”
Dr. Wilson is scheduled to start her new role at HISD in April. As a key member of the superintendent’s cabinet, she will be responsible for facilitating coordination and communication among the direct reports of the superintendent to ensure the superintendent is informed about current issues and areas of need. She also will provide oversight to the district’s board services department.
Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Houston. She later earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.