The Northwest ISD board of trustees announced that Michael Griffin will serve as the interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

Griffin, who was the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has worked in NISD for nearly 20 years.

She was selected during a special meeting on Sept. 15 at the Legacy Learning Center in Haslet. The board of trustees made the decision unanimously.

Griffin will be the acting superintendent until a permanent one is selected. She will fill the role of former Superintendent David Hicks, who died unexpectedly following a medical emergency on Sept. 9.

Hicks was in his first year working for the school district, as he started on May 17.

“Northwest ISD means the world to me and I’m honored to temporarily lead the district forward with stability as we search for a new leader,” Griffin said in a press release. “Our culture of excellence and commitment to academic and extracurricular achievement are unchanged and our team is doing great work to continue a strong start to our school year. Dr. Hicks left a tremendous mark on our district in his time with us with his caring and compassionate nature and I have the utmost faith in our school board in finding his successor.”

A press release said the district will use Leasor Crass for its search firm, which was also used to hire Hicks.

Hicks, a longtime educator, came to NISD after six years as superintendent of Sherman ISD. Hicks was in his 33rd year in education and had more than two decades in administrative work.

Griffin has been an assistant superintendent since 2018. She was previously a campus instructional teacher, assistant principal at Justin Elementary, principal at Haslet Elementary and executive director of elementary education.