After a lengthy process of gathering stakeholder input, a nationwide search has concluded as Taylor ISD has announced the lone finalist in the search for a new superintendent.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, the Taylor ISD school board announced Dr. Devein C. Padavil.
“I’m excited about the future of this district and especially the city of Taylor,” Padavil said. “I believe being a Duck is a proud tradition, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
With the help of JG Consulting, 44 candidates were reviewed, and the top candidates completed a comprehensive interview process.
Taylor ISD Board President Marco Ortiz believes Padavil is a great fit to serve the district as its next leader.
“We are pleased to name Dr. Devin C. Padavil as the lone finalist. His strong decisive leadership style will bring clear and consistent expectations to our district and our community. We are extremely excited for the future of Taylor ISD,” Ortiz said.
Padavil currently serves as an area superintendent with the Leander ISD and helped lead the district’s COVID-19 response team. He has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a Master of Educational-Administration and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Padavil brings more than 20 years of experience to the district. He served as assistant superintendent of secondary schools at Fort Bend ISD, high school principal at Frisco ISD, high school and middle school principal at Pflugerville ISD and also has three years as a middle school teacher.
Padavil has been recognized throughout the state and nationally as an exceptional educational leader, serving as the 2016 president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, 2015 Region XIII High School Principal of the Year, and as a member of the Harvard Executive Leadership Institute in both 2009 and 2011.
As superintendent, Padavil will bring experience with excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills. He is a highly-trained instructional leader and believes exceptional education is the product of an inclusive culture in an equitable environment driven by high standards.
“I am honored and humbled to join the Taylor Community,” Padavil said. “I believe the future is extremely bright for the Taylor ISD.”
The board of trustees will officially vote on the position at a special called meeting Feb. 1.
Padavil will succeed Superintendent Keith Brown, who resigned from the position in August. Brown has served as superintendent since January 2017. Brown’s official last day is Jan. 27.