The Donna Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Hafedh Azaiez as the sole finalist for Superintendent of Schools during a special board meeting June 1. Dr. Azaiez was selected from a nationwide pool of 37 applicants representing seven different states. The search process, led by the firm JG Consulting of San Antonio, also included input from members of the public, faculty, and staff through a community survey.
By law, the Board of Trustees must wait 21 days after the action taken June 1 before voting to officially hire Dr. Azaiez to be the new Superintendent for Donna ISD.
The DISD School Board led by President Efren Ceniceros said the trustees all agreed that Dr. Azaiez was the best person to lead the district and take it to the next level. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we proudly announce the selection of Dr. Hafedh Azaiez as our new superintendent. We look forward to working with him as a team of eight. We are excited, as he is eager to lead this district with plenty of energy, knowledge and a great personality. We welcome Dr. Azaiez and look forward to great things.”
Dr. Azaiez launched his public education career with the Houston Independent School District in 2002 where he served in different capacities over a 13-year period. He began as a science teacher and coach, then moved into administration in 2007 as house principal and dean of students at Johnston Middle School. He then went on to perform dual responsibilities as principal of Revere Middle School and lead principal for Fonville and Clinton Middle Schools where he mentored and supervised other principals. Currently, he holds the position of Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools in the Spring Independent School District. His accomplishments include Houston ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007 and a nomination for Houston ISD First Year Principal of The Year in 2011.
Dr. Azaiez said he is looking forward to his new role as DISD’s new superintendent. “I am honored and thrilled about the opportunity to join the Donna team. I am looking forward to start listening and learning how to best serve our students, staff, and the community of Donna. As a team, we will provide our students with an extensive menu of educational choices and opportunities and take our district to the next level of academic excellence. By working together, we will build on the foundation of success already established and make Donna ISD the district of choice in the entire region.”
Dr. Azaiez is multilingual, speaking English, Arabic, French and Spanish fluently. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and chemistry from La Faculte des Sciences de Tunis (Tunisia), and a Master of Education degree with principal certification from the University of St. Thomas. He also holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University.