In a unanimous vote, Garland ISD Trustees named Dr. Bob Morrison superintendent of schools at a specially called meeting Feb. 15. Morrison, current superintendent for Mansfield ISD, will assume his new role Feb. 25—less than one month after being named lone finalist for the position.
He becomes just the ninth superintendent in the district’s 111-year history and succeeds Dr. Curtis Culwell, who retired Dec. 21 after 14 years at the helm and 37 years in public education.
Morrison, a 24-year educator, has been superintendent of schools in Mansfield since 2009. Following a successful tenure in Oklahoma public schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and high school principal, he accepted a position in MISD as the Director of Student Services. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, then Deputy Superintendent.
As superintendent of Mansfield, Morrison has led many innovative developments such as the 1-on-1 iPad initiative for high school students and teachers, the MISD iPhone App launch, a districtwide Strategic Plan, and the development, construction, and completion of a 5,500-seat auditorium and teacher professional development center.
Morrison is one of 38 superintendents in the Texas to serve the Future-Ready Superintendents Program and contributes to the ongoing Visioning Institute Document, “Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas.” He is a member of many community service groups and serves as a Board member for several including the Fast Growth Coalition, Our Community Our Kids, Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield Methodist Hospital Community Advisory, and the Arlington Salvation Army.
Morrison received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, his Superintendents Certificate from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University.
His wife is a high school counselor. The couple has three daughters.