Filling vacancies: FBISD names new human resource officer, deputy superintendent

Fort Bend ISD is now two positions closer to having its executive leadership team vacancy-free.

Glenda Johnson was tapped as the school district’s new chief of human resources by the board of trustees during its Jan. 24 meeting, while Beth Martinez was named the new deputy superintendent.

Johnson succeeds Gwen Touchet, who left the position in August, while Martinez’s new role serves as a reassignment that is designed to allow her to oversee all academic and campus programming, FBISD Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said in a statement to Community Impact Newspaper.

The two enter their new roles on an executive leadership team that recently named Steve Bassett as its other deputy superintendent and Kwabena Mensah as the district’s new chief of schools.

“One of the priorities the board and I set when I began my tenure as superintendent a little over 100 days ago was to complete leadership organizational adjustments that ensure the district operates as efficiently, productively and effectively as possible for the benefit of students, staff and taxpayers,” Whitbeck said in a statement to Community Impact Newspaper.

Johnson comes to the new position having already been with the district since 2011, having previously served as executive director and director of talent experience, according to a Jan. 24 news release.

“As chief of human resources, my hope is to bolster a culture of service rooted in exceptional student and employee experiences,” Johnson said in the release.

Martinez, meanwhile, has worked in a variety of roles for FBISD in her 30 years with the district, including chief academic officer; chief of staff and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation; as well as a principal, assistant principal and elementary teacher within the district.

With Martinez’s appointment, the chief academics officer position will now be posted and filled, Whitbeck said.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.