Pflugerville ISD names new superintendent

Pflugerville ISD board named Alex Torrez from Clear Creek ISD as the district's new superintendent.

Board President Elva Gladney said it was tough decision, but the board felt like Torrez was a perfect fit.

"Everything I heard was positive," she said during a special-called meeting Aug. 22. "This is a man of integrity who has a family he cares deeply about. He's a family man. He's a man of God. He is a man that is collaborative, innovative, the kind of person you will be able to go to and explain the situation and get a thoughtful reaction."

State law states the district must wait 21 days to formally offer Torrez a contract, which the board can then approve at a latter meeting.

Torrez serves as assistant superintendent for secondary education at Clear Creek ISD, which is located between Houston and Galveston. He said he and his family are excited to be in Pflugerville.

"I'm honored and I'm excited, but most of all I am humbled," he said. "I'm humbled because this is a very strong school district, and I have the opportunity to join the team."

Torrez has been married for 23 years and has a daughter who will start eighth grade this year, a son who is a freshman at The University of Texas and another son who is a junior at Texas State University.

"We've been kidding that we're going to own [I-35]," Torrez said.

Former Superintendent Charles Dupre announced his resignation in March and took the superintendent position in Fort Bend ISD in suburban Houston. Pflugerville ISD hired search firm Bob Griggs & Associates out of Fort Worth to aid the board in selecting a new superintendent.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.