Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen has been named as one of five finalists for the open superintendent seat in the Washoe County School District, HISD officials confirmed April 17.

The overview

Fagen, who was named HISD's superintendent in 2016, previously served as superintendent of the Douglas County School District in Colorado and Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.

According to WCSD’s website, the search process is anticipated to take several months, with the goal of selecting a new superintendent in May.

HISD officials confirmed Fagen’s potential new role in an April 17 email to Community Impact.

"I love Humble ISD and am very proud of all we have accomplished the past eight years for our students, staff and community," Fagen said in the emailed statement. "Washoe County School District is a wonderful opportunity and the only position I’m currently considering."

How we got here

Fagen’s potential departure is coming a little more than a week after HISD trustees nearly forced a vote to consider removing her from her current role with the district.

At the board’s April 9 meeting, HISD trustees voted to accept the retirement of Troy Kite, Fagen’s husband and the district’s executive director of the University Interscholastic League and fine arts.

The decision came more than a year after a Title IX complaint was filed against Kite by an unnamed district official. An agenda item listed below the item to accept Kite’s retirement called for “possible action regarding employment and duties of superintendent."

However, no vote was held and no action was taken April 9 regarding Fagen’s employment with the district.

District officials said Kite and Fagen were married in 2023 after disclosing their relationship to the board in March 2022.

What’s next

While HISD officials confirmed Fagen is on the shortlist to take over as WCSD superintendent, they did not say how the process of replacing her would unfold if she decides to move on from the district.