The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees announced Dr. James M. Largent as the interim superintendent of New Braunfels ISD on March 21.

Former superintendent Dr. Cade Smith, who became superintendent for the district in June 2021, submitted his resignation to the board of trustees March 13 effective immediately.

Largent is currently a retired superintendent who has previously held the position of interim superintendent in the district and is anticipated to begin his new role at NBISD on March 27 due to the absence created by the resignation of Smith. Kara Bock, former New Braunfels High School principal and current assistant superintendent for curriculum and accountability, has served as the acting superintendent of schools until Largent begins his role.

“The board of trustees is very excited that Dr. Largent will be returning to support our district once again,” NBISD Board President Eric Bergquist said. “He did a great job for us as interim superintendent two years ago, and he was our first call when this need arose again. We look forward to working with him again and are excited he will lead the district through the end of the school year. We know our Unicorn community will welcome him back.”

According to NBISD, Largent has over 33 years of experience in education including over 21 years as a superintendent in three school districts in Texas. Before retiring in 2018, he worked six years (2012-2018) as the superintendent of Granbury ISD, 11 years (2001-2012) as the superintendent of Rusk ISD, and three years (1998-2001) as the superintendent of Chireno ISD. His prior administrative experience includes four years (1994-1998) as the high school principal at Queen City ISD and three years (1991-1994) as the high school assistant principal at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD.

“I am honored once again to have been selected to work with the students and staff at New Braunfels ISD,” said Largent. “I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with the team, staff and community previously and can’t wait to get back. I look forward to continuing the great things going on in NBISD, and I want everyone to know how excited I am to get to work first thing Monday morning.”

Largent earned his doctorate in education leadership and master’s degree in administration from Sam Houston State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education and completed three years of post-graduate work in education leadership at Lamar University. In 1995, he completed his superintendent certification from Texas A&M University in Commerce, according to NBISD.

The district said he also has previous experience as a board member and chair of the board for the Lake Granbury Medical Center and board of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Jeri, have two adult children.

NBISD officials have not released further information regarding the search for a replacement superintendent.