With more than 40 years of experience, including 26 as a superintendent, Dr. Thomas Randle is a seasoned education leader venerated by peers and community members alike.
In May, Randle retired after 20 years of leading Lamar CISD in the Houston area. During his tenure, student enrollment increased from 16,000 to 38,000 and staff has gone from 2,200 to over 5,400, making Lamar CISD the second-largest employer in Fort Bend County. The district has also successfully passed five bond elections totaling more than $1.3 billion dollars.
Under his steady leadership, Lamar CISD became known around the state for academic excellence. It has twice been recognized by Texas School Business Magazine for best practices, earned the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and had four campuses named National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Academically, Lamar CISD is one of the state’s largest districts to receive an “A” rating by the Texas Education Agency.
Throughout his career, Dr. Randle has twice been named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year, once in 2001 and again in 2017. Other honors include the 2004 Texas Educational Support Staff Administrator of the Year and Texas A&M’s 2012 John R. Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership. In 2017, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators recognized Dr. Randle by naming a statewide award in his honor.
Dr. Randle earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.