Galena Park ISD hires Henry as new superintendent
......... The Galena Park Independent School District Board of Trustees hired Dr. Mark Henry as the district’s new superintendent.
......... Following a nationwide search, the Board of Trustees announced Dr. Henry as the final candidate in April. Galena Park ISD employees and community members were also given an opportunity to provide input in developing a candidate profile that reflected the qualifications and characteristics desired in the next GPISD superintendent.
......... “Dr. Mark Henry has a successful track record in academics and extracurricular activities,” Jeff Miller, board president, said. “He has great communication skills and he knows how to build strong leadership teams. He’s the right person to join Galena Park ISD.”
......... The trustees narrowed down a field of twenty-nine applicants to make the final selection. “We had an excellent group of candidates, but it is the consensus of the board that Dr. Mark Henry is our top choice,” Miller said.
......... According to state guidelines for hiring a superintendent, the Board is required to give public notice of the name or names of the finalists being considered for a superintendent position at least 21 days prior to the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is to be taken on the employment of the person.
......... Dr. Henry, 43, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984 and a Master of Education in administration from the University of North Texas in 1989. He completed the requirements and received his Doctorate of Education degree in administration with an emphasis on finance from the University of North Texas in 1992.
......... He began his career as a teacher in 1982. After six years in the classroom, he became an assistant principal and then a principal at various schools in Arkansas and Texas before accepting his first position as a superintendent in Milford ISD, located near Dallas, in 1991. Two years later, he became the superintendent of Collinsville ISD, located near Denton, where he remained for five years. He joined Sulphur Springs ISD, located northeast of Dallas, in 1998 where he led a district comprised of 4,000 students at nine campuses – six are Exemplary and two are Recognized.
......... Dr. Henry explained that he was attracted to the spirit of the employees and the culture of success Galena Park ISD has experienced for so many years. “It is our job as educators to understand that we are here to serve students. If you serve as a custodian, student nutrition worker, bus driver, maintenance or grounds personnel, teacher, principal or central administration employee, we are all educators with one focus and that’s children.”
......... Dr. Henry continued by saying that he would be very involved in district activities and the community. “I’m looking forward to visiting each campus and department to meet all of the employees in GPISD.”
......... Professionally, Dr. Henry is the vice chairman of the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council and a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He was also elected and appointed by Governor Rick Perry as a Teacher Retirement System Trustee and is the vice chairman for the Region VIII Superintendent Advisory Committee. He is on the board of directors of the East Texas School Study Council and an adjunct professor for Texas A&M University at Commerce. He is also trained in mediation and family dynamics.
......... Dr. Henry is also actively involved in various community activities including the Hopkins County Rotary Club and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. He also teaches Sunday school.
......... Dr. Henry and his wife, Cindy, have been married for nearly 22 years and have three children, Ryan, 18, Emily, 17 and Stephen, 13.
Dr. Henry plans to join GPISD fulltime on or around July 1.