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Goose Creek Superintendent of Schools
Randal O'Brien
Randal O’Brien was named superintendent of Goose Creek CISD at the February 23, 2015, meeting of the Board of Trustees. He joined Goose Creek CISD in September 2013 as the deputy superintendent for administrative services and took on the role of acting superintendent August 7, 2014. The board voted him the lone finalist for superintendent January 29, 2015. O’Brien is the 15th superintendent of Goose Creek CISD.

“I am honored to have been selected as Goose Creek CISD’s new superintendent, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to serve as acting superintendent for more than six months prior to accepting this position,” said O’Brien. “I am passionate about providing more opportunities for students’ success and about serving this community, and I know that working with all stakeholders to move this district forward will be both challenging as well as rewarding.”

O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from East Texas Baptist University, where he played basketball and tennis; a master’s of education in administration from Sam Houston State University and is nearing completion of his doctorate at Lamar University. His experience includes more than 20 years in education along with another six in the business sector prior to entering public education.

As deputy superintendent for administrative services, O’Brien served as over site for the planning, design and development of the three new elementary school campuses, which opened August 2014, and is in the design phase of other bond projects, such as the new Transportation Center and the new Data Technology Center as well as Career Technical renovations across the district. The new IMPACT Early College High School, also under his supervision, is projected to open August 2015. Other areas of responsibility included Food Services, Athletics, Maintenance and Operations as well as Transportation.

Prior to coming to Goose Creek, O’Brien served as superintendent of Hubbard ISD for four years. As superintendent, he was involved with a comprehensive bond project, including a new middle/high school and gymnasium complex and an agriculture complex. He also served as high school principal in Blooming Grove ISD for three years, middle school principal in Tarkington ISD for four years, intermediate school assistant principal in Willis ISD for three years and high school assistant principal in Montgomery ISD for two years. At Conroe ISD, he was the vocational marketing coordinator for two years, and he has taught marketing education, mathematics, science and physical education, along with coaching a variety of sports. Before becoming a teacher, O’Brien was assistant manager at sporting goods and retail stores. A native Houstonian, he also resided in Montgomery County and is a graduate of New Caney High School.

Among his accomplishments, O’Brien was nominated as Region 12 Superintendent of the Year by the Board of Trustees of Hubbard ISD in 2011-2012. He was also selected as Outstanding Administrator in the Region 4 Excellence in Education Awards in 2005. Chosen as a presenter at the SERA Conference in New Orleans in 2012, his topic was Commonalities that Exist Between High Performing Schools.

Affiliated with the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators, O’Brien served as chairman of District UIL sports during his tenure in Central Texas. He participated in numerous service activities, including serving as a Board member for Hill County Regional Cooperative, the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, coaching Little Dribblers and Baseball for the Youth Sports Association and working with the local Boy Scouts of America.

O’Brien and his wife Monica reside in Baytown and she is a high school English teacher, and their son Riley is a junior school student. They also have a son Tyler, who graduated from Baylor University, and a daughter Kendal, a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and a registered nurse. A member of the Rotary Club of Baytown, O’Brien enjoys community service events; participating in fun runs; attending district academic, fine arts and sporting events; and spending time with his family, including the newest addition, his grandson, Adrian.


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