MISD names Dr. JoAnn Fey as lone superintendent finalist

New superintendent will assume duties April 30 after board approval

Bill Spinks
Midlothian Mirror
Dr. JoAnn Fey

A hiring process that began last November with the departure of the former superintendent of schools came to an end on Friday, when Midlothian Independent School District named its lone finalist to become the new superintendent.

The MISD board of trustees unanimously named Dr. JoAnn Fey as the lone finalist for the job during a special meeting. The announcement begins a 21-day waiting period that is required by state law before a superintendent can sign a contract and begin working.

“Our board of trustees worked collaboratively these past few months to find the best candidate to serve our community’s children today and for years to come,” MISD board president Matt Sanders said. “Dr. JoAnn Fey is the right leader to serve MISD. She has an incredible depth, breadth of knowledge and experience ranging from teacher and coach, principal, leadership development as well as curriculum and instruction.”

Fey said she is excited to take on this role and inspire excellence for students and the community.

“When we make decisions that are purposeful and what is best for every student in our district, we grow our students into the great leaders for our city, state and country,” she said. “I believe our district will lead the nation in and out of the classroom.”

MISD’s search for a new superintendent began on Nov. 20, when former superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter was named the lone finalist for the post at Carroll ISD in Southlake. The board of trustees approved a timeline for hiring a replacement that culminated Friday with the naming of Fey as the lone finalist.

With more than 25 years of experience, Fey started her career in Southwest Independent School District in San Antonio as a career and technology teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Southwest High School, where she graduated in 1989.

As a stellar student and athlete, she attended Southern Methodist University and was inducted into the SMU Athletic Hall of Fame in track and field. From there, she started her teaching career in 1996.

In August 2004, she became academic dean of Southwest High School and in 2007 was named principal. In 2012, she was named the executive director of leadership development and then in 2013 was named assistant superintendent, where she currently oversees administration, human resources, curriculum and instruction. Today, Southwest ISD serves 14,000 students with more than 1,850 staff members.

Fey received her Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University and her Doctorate from Lamar University in 2014.

Dr. Fey has been married for nearly 28 years to William Fey, who is a civil engineer. They have two daughters and a son. Jacob is a graduating senior at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Morgan is a student at Rice University, and Madeleine is a high school freshman.