Loading the pipeline: Q&A with Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent at Lamar CISD

  1. Why do you believe succession planning is as important in public education as it is at H-E-B?

Most school districts do not have a formal process for training and preparing staff for positions in the organization. We have to depend on interviewing outside candidates to find talent for leadership positions. Organizations would be stronger if there were people already in place and ready to step into upper-level management positions.

  1. Why do you think it hasn’t been a priority in Lamar CISD in the past?

We were working on a plan before joining The Holdsworth Center’s District Leadership Program; however, nothing we considered was as robust as what we have been exposed to while visiting other organizations.

  1. What are some ways you have or ways you plan to “load the pipeline” with future leaders in your district?

We have partnered with the University of Houston-Victoria to launch a Masters Cohort using one of our administrators to co-teach and have identified and invited potential leaders to be a part of this program.  First-year assistant principals participate in the Region IV New Administrator induction program.

  1. How do you foresee the effects of successful succession planning affecting your students in the long run?

Students will benefit from having prepared administrators who can quickly build positive cultures and implement effective learning strategies. The continuity of leadership will provide for long term growth in student achievement.

  1. How do you foresee the effects of successful succession planning affecting your teachers and staff in the long run?

We hope to provide a career pathway for anyone interested in advancing in the district. From the time they are recruited into the district they will be exposed to a quality preparation program that will continually assist them in career advancement.