DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - After six years as Douglas County Schools Superintendent, the district announced Tuesday that Elizabeth Celania-Fagen will be the new superintendent of the Humble Independent School District outside Houston, Texas.
Denver7 officially confirmed the information from the Humble Observer Tuesday night, as Fagen was announced as the sole finalist at the district's school board meeting.
Breaking news: @HumbleISD selected Dr. Elizabeth Celania-Fagen as finalist for superintendent position, replacing Dr. Guy Sconzo @JSum27
“We are excited about getting the best education mind in the country,” Humble ISD School Board President Robert Sitton said. “It’s powerful what she is going to be able to do. When people talk about education, we want them to say, you really need to go see what Humble ISD is doing. She is, in our opinion, the leader to take us there.”
As Humble ISD announced the news at their meeting, Douglas County Schools sent a statement to staff members.
In the statement, Fagen thanked the district and its students and staff.
“The Douglas County School District is truly an excellent school district – one that is a lighthouse in American education,” Fagen stated. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished over the past six years together. I know that our teachers, leaders and support staff will continue to amaze. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with the talented students and staff in this district.”
"Dr. Fagen has led many changes and improvements in the past six years in Douglas County,” stated DCSD Board of Education President Meghann Silverthorn. “We're grateful for her tireless service and commitment to education. We wish her and her family all the best in her future endeavors."
"Superintendent Fagen is expected to serve until July. The DCSD Board of Education may move ahead with an interim superintendent, as well as embarking on the formal process to hire a new, permanent superintendent to lead DCSD forward," district officials said in the statement released Tuesday.
Fagen is expected to start in Humble, Texas over the summer and be in place by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Contract details are not immediately available because per Texas law, Fagen cannot be officially hired until 21 days after the announcement that she is the sole finalist.