Dr. Jesús Chávez

Superintendent in Residence

During his long career as a teacher, administrator, and 17-year run as a Texas school superintendent, Dr. Jesús Honorio Chávez always focused on creating exemplary schools where students came first.

In 2013, Jesús retired as superintendent of Round Rock ISD. Previously, he served as superintendent of Corpus Christi ISD and Harlingen CISD.

A native of Brownsville, Texas, Jesús is a proud product of Texas public schools. He earned his associate degree from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville and his bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin before taking his first job as a third grade teacher at Reynaldo Garza Elementary in Brownsville ISD. He earned his master’s from Pan American University and became an assistant principal after two years in the classroom. In 1985, Jesús moved to Round Rock ISD, where he served as assistant director, director and assistant superintendent while pursuing his doctoral degree at UT Austin, which he completed in 1989.

After retiring from Round Rock ISD, Jesús has continued his involvement in education.  In 2014, he became an adjunct professor with Texas State University in San Marcos, where he taught school finance and business management and also supervised administrative interns, including individuals working on superintendent certification. In 2015, he joined South Texas Association of Schools, where he continues to advocate for public education.

Dr. Jesús Chávez believes that equity, excellence, and efficiency are hallmarks of a successful partnership among families, staff and patrons in any educational system.  He describes the ideal district as having strong academics, fine arts, and athletic programs for all students.