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Bryan ISD superintendent named sole finalist for top job at Fort Bend ISD

Dr. Christie Whitbeck could be rejoining the district she worked at before moving to Bryan.
Dr. Christie Whitbeck was named sole finalist for top job at Fort Bend ISD
Dr. Christie Whitbeck was named sole finalist for top job at Fort Bend ISD(Fort Bend ISD)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 5:29 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Bryan Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck could be headed back to familiar territory.

Fort Bend ISD named Whitbeck the lone finalist for their open superintendent position in a Thursday board meeting. Six board members approved, while one abstained. Under Texas law, the district will need to wait 21 days before the hire can be official.

“I am fully committed to a smooth transition, to working with the team, to working with the board, to make everything as easy as it can be during this difficult time,” Whitbeck told Fort Bend trustees Thursday.

Trustees from Fort Bend met with Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson, Bryan councilmembers, members of Bryan ISD’s bond steering committee, and Bryan ISD staff this week.

Whitbeck has been the superintendent in Bryan since 2017. Prior to joining BISD, Whitbeck was the Deputy Superintendent for Fort Bend ISD from 2013-2017.

“These last 4 ½ years in Bryan ISD have been some of the best in my career,” Dr. Whitbeck said in a letter to staff and the community. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve this district as your Superintendent, and I am so proud of the progress we have made and the trajectory that Bryan ISD has moving forward.”

During her time in Bryan, Whitbeck oversaw the opening of the regional Bryan Career & Technical Education Complex (CTEC), the passage of 187 million dollars in bonds while lowering the tax rate, breaking ground on a new intermediate school, implementing a record number of safety initiatives, completing major renovations and additions to campuses across the district, the reorganization of the transportation system, and most importantly, the development of the Essential 8 character initiative that will forever positively affect the culture of Bryan ISD, according to a release from BISD.

“On behalf of the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Whitbeck on being named as the sole finalist to lead the Fort Bend Independent School District,” said Bryan ISD Board President Mark McCall. “She has provided key leadership throughout Bryan ISD during many unique challenges. Dr. Whitbeck has worked with the board, community, and within the Bryan ISD Learning Communities to continually improve the learning and work environments throughout the district. As the Board looks toward the future to ensure continuity during the transition to a new Superintendent, we wish Dr. Whitbeck the best in pursuing her professional goals.”

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees will take a final vote on Sept. 16

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