Roher named finalist for superintendent

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Deputy Superintendent Thad Roher has been named the lone finalist for superintendent in Friendswood ISD at a special meeting May 15.

By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Roher.

The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Thad Roher on June 6.

Roher graduated from Barclay College in Kansas in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. He received his Master of Science in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University in 1995.

He is a member of the 1986 graduating class from Friendswood High School.

Roher has 26 years of service in education and will complete 20 years of educational administration this year.

He has served as a K-12 principal in Haviland, KS, an assistant principal at Friendswood High School, an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for both elementary and secondary and most recently the Deputy Superintendent where he currently oversees the business operations of the district.

Roher has been an employee of Friendswood ISD for 18 years.

Roher and his wife Tina have two children, daughter Maggie in college at Texas A&M University and son Reed who will graduate this year from Friendswood High School.

The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In February, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search.

TASB consultants met with staff and community groups in person and online to develop qualifications and characteristics for the new superintendent to have.

The profile developed from these meetings was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluation of the applicants for the position.

“This was a robust process with over 40 applications for the superintendent of FISD. Thad Roher was hands on the best candidate throughout the entire process,” Board member Tony Hopkins said. “His vision for FISD was clearly demonstrated thru his written application and in the face-to-face interviews.”

The Board selected six applicants for initial interviews.

“Thad came out as the clear candidate in this process and it lets our community know Mr. Roher will lead FISD into its future,” President Dr. Hillenburg said. “I can’t wait to see Thad Roher roar!”

Current Superintendent, Trish Hanks, is retiring.

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