Dr. Terry Grier
Terry Grier, Ed.D., became the Houston Independent School District’s superintendent of schools after a unanimous vote of the district’s Board of Education in September 2009. Under his watch, HISD’s graduation rate has increased to its all-time high while dropout rates have fallen to all-time lows. SAT participation rates have doubled, and scholarship dollars offered to HISD seniors this year reached $254 million.
Dr. Grier is widely recognized for his leadership in turning around failing schools. The district’s Apollo 20 program received state and national recognition for tackling achievement gaps head-on with interventions including longer school days and intensive tutoring. In 2013, under his leadership, HISD became the first district in America to win the Broad Prize for Urban Education a second time (the district won the inaugural award in 2002).
Dr. Grier has received numerous awards and recognitions, including “Outstanding Alumni” awards from East Carolina University, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees, and from Vanderbilt University, where he received his Educational Doctorate. In 2014, he was named a finalist for the National Superintendent of The Year Award by the American Association of School Administrators. In addition, he is among a handful of superintendents named “State Superintendent of The Year” in two different states (Texas and North Carolina). The American Association of School Administrators has also presented him with the Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award for his support of women and minorities in education.
He and his wife, Nancy, have four children.