Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry will retire at the end of 2023 after 12 years in the district, according to a May 8 message to community members.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make,” he said in an email statement. “To be superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD has been the capstone of a blessed career. The friends I’ve made, being involved in the community and seeing so many dedicated educators guide our students to reach their goals has been a blessing.”

Henry has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a Master of Education in administration and a Doctor of Education in administration. He has been an educator for 42 years—32 of which were as a superintendent. He joined CFISD in 2011.

During his time in CFISD, he was named Region 4 Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year and was a finalist for Texas Superintendent of the year. Henry has been heavily involved in the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and has served as a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Leadership Committee as well as for HCA Houston Healthcare.

In late 2021, the board unanimously voted to name the newly opened administration building after Henry.

Although the school board will begin their search for a new superintendent, Cy-Fair will be his “forever home” following his departure from district leadership, he said.