A Parade of Leaders

December 13, 2000 1 min read

The Dallas school district has had six superintendents since 1993, including Mike Moses, who takes his turn next month.

i December 1993

Chad Woolery

Chad Woolery, superintendent from December 1993 to June 1996. Veteran Dallas administrator elevated to the superintendency. Left abruptly to take a leadership position with Voyager Expanded Learning, a for-profit firm that operates after-school programs for school districts nationwide, including Dallas.

January 1997
Yvonne Gonzalez, former Santa Fe, N.M., superintendent, served as interim Dallas superintendent in 1996; was named superintendent in 1997. Resigned nine months into superintendency after FBI investigation resulted in federal charges of using district money to buy furniture for her home. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to 15-months in prison.

Yvonne Gonzalez

Yvonne Gonzalez rides a tractor at a rally for district employees. (DISD Communications.)

May 1998

James H. Hughey

James H. Hughey, interim superintendent from May 1998 to August 1999. Promoted from post of area superintendent to head the district while the board sought a permanent chief. Now an area superintendent again.

i August 1999
Waldemar “Bill” Rojas, superintendent from August 1999 to July 2000. Former San Francisco schools chief was fired after 11 months for failing to develop “good rapport” with the board. Now suing the district for wrongful termination, he is a senior vice president with Advantage Schools Inc.

Bill Rojas

Waldemar “Bill” Rojas reads to Dallas students. (DISD Communications.)

i July 2000

Robert Lee Payton

Robert Lee Payton, interim superintendent from July 2000 to present. Former area superintendent and 36-year district veteran came out of brief retirement to serve as interim chief.

i January 2001
Mike Moses, scheduled to start job as superintendent on Jan. 1. Former Texas education commissioner and Lubbock schools superintendent is widely seen to have the expertise and connections to stabilize the district.

Mike Moses

Source: Dallas Independent School District

A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2000 edition of Education Week as A Parade of Leaders