Friendswood ISD Trustees names finalist for superintendent

News Release

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees, at a special meeting on May 15th, unanimously voted to name Thad Roher in Friendswood ISD, as the lone finalist for superintendent. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Mr. Roher. Thad Roher is slated to replace retiring Superintendent Trish Hanks.

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 on March 22 and March 23 to discuss desired characteristics of the new superintendent as well as provided an online survey for anyone to complete. The profile developed from these meetings was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluation of the applicants for the position.

The Board selected six applicants for initial interviews. The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Thad Roher on June 6, 2017.

“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!”

Mr. Roher graduated from Barclay College 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 also a member of the 1986 graduating class from Friendswood High School.

Thad Roher is in his 26th year of service in education and will complete his 20th year 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 served as Deputy Superintendent in Friendswood ISD where he currently oversees the business operations of the district. Mr. Roher has been an employee of Friendswood ISD for 18 years.

Roher and his wife Tina have two children, one is in college at Texas A&M University and his youngest will graduate this year from Friendswood High School.