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April 1st, 2011
School board picks Eads for superintendent


Snyder ISD Superintendent Mark E. Eads has been chosen as the lone finalist to lead the San Marcos school district by a unanimous vote of the school board on Thursday.

Mark Eads

State law requires school district to name a finalist or finalists and wait 22 days before officially hiring a superintendent. The school board is scheduled to vote on Ead’s employment on April 21.

Eads, has been the Snyder school district superintendent, centered around the west Texas town of the same name, since December 2008. During that period, the district for the first time earned “Recognized” status from the Texas Education Agency. Before that, he was assistant superintendent for human resources and public relations for Medina Valley ISD in Castroville.

He has also worked as an education specialist for the Region 20 Education Service Center; as a secondary school principal in Medina ISD; as an assistant principal and teacher in Medina ISD in Medina, Tuluso Midway ISD in Corpus Christi and Alice ISD in Alice. He began his career as a financial planner and loan officer for Financial Services of Corpus Christi.

“I believe that education is a process of continuous growth for students and educators. Although often confused as being a finished product, education is never complete. We have a responsibility to teach and inspire everyone to be lifelong learners,” Eads said.

Eads has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Corpus Christi State University and a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He has completed a year of doctoral work in leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

“Of the 62 applicants for superintendent, Mark Eads rose quickly to become the unanimous choice to lead San Marcos CISD as it becomes the premier district in this area and the state. His experiences, expertise, personality, and leadership skills make him a perfect fit with the students, staff, parents, and community members of SMCISD,” school board president Kathy Hansen said.

Eads is married to Shawn Eads, his wife of 29 years, and has two adult daughters and a son.

He would replace Patty Shafer, who announced her intention to resign in August.

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4 thoughts on “School board picks Eads for superintendent

  1. You know, it is great to see that TSU is moving towards becoming a better University by its decisions. The City even made a bold decision by electing a young sharp mayor. But this Board made a decison that’s so disappointing, wow.

  2. I get Mike’s point. When you look at University towns in our state and their public school leaders, we just have to ask ourselves or better yet, the board. Are we leading the way? The board should demand our money back.

  3. Has everyone become elitist all of a sudden? What’s everyone complaining for? The guy doesn’t seem bad. Fact is, San Marcos CISD is an average performing, not too large school district. Only 1 high school, and it’s 4A. What do you expect, the same kind of candidate districts with multiple 5A campuses can get?

    Given our pretty high hispanic population in the SMCISD, his experiences in south TX are probably a plus.

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