The Victoria ISD School Board has named Dr. Quintin Shepherd as the lone finalist for the superintendent position, after a comprehensive nation-wide search. “As a Board we gave serious consideration to the input from our community. And, we believe Dr. Shepherd’s experience and proven successes meet our community’s desired expectations,” said Board President Ross Mansker. “Dr. Shepherd stood out because of the depth of his experience, commitment to collaborative learning, and deep belief that every student deserves an education that is geared specifically to each individual student and his/her needs."
Shepherd is currently the Superintendent at Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa. He holds a Bachelors, Masters, and Educational Specialist degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and a Doctorate from Illinois State University.
He has brought about success as a classroom teacher, an elementary principal, a high school principal, and a district superintendent in multiple states, both in rural and urban settings, and in large and small school organizations. Shepherd’s leadership experience encompasses a wide diversity of ethnic groups, financial backgrounds, and community expectations. During his three years at Linn-Mar Community School District, Dr. Shepherd has led the district in formulating a 10-year strategic plan, a restructuring plan and a bond referendum campaign. He has been recognized throughout his career for improving student achievement. He has implemented measures that have led to increased passing rates and higher achievement scores. “The Board applauds all of the candidates who were interested in our district. They gave us much to think about as well as much to take pride in,” said Board Vice President Tami Keeling. “We recognize that this is a major decision and we placed great significance on a choice that would continue taking us from where we are to where we want to be. We are confident that Dr. Shepherd is the right person to lead this district, to honor the transformational work that has already taken place in Victoria ISD and move our schools to the next level.”
The Board employed JG Consulting, a national search firm, to assist with the superintendent search. Consultants for the search were President and CEO James Guerra, Dr. Patricia Linares and Dr. Guy Sconzo. The Victoria ISD School Board received 51 applications for the superintendent position from candidates in thirteen states. “We have been very impressed with JG Consulting, which provided us with an exceptional pool of qualified applicants. This has allowed us, as a Board, to select a candidate whose experience and leadership style mirrors many of the same traits, hopes, and growth opportunities we embrace in VISD,” said Mansker.
Dr. Shepherd is looking forward to continuing the progress that has been made in VISD, saying, "It is my humble honor to be selected as the lone finalist for the Victoria Independent School District Superintendent position. In the last several weeks learning about the community and the school district, I am very excited to continue the great work already happening and excited to live the VISD Vision every child, every classroom, every day! My family and I are eager to move to Victoria and begin meeting the community in earnest. We look forward to meeting you soon!"
The VISD School Board worked diligently through ten special called meetings to review the applications and interview candidates for the district superintendent position. Each Board member dedicated over 40 hours to this search.
After the statutorily required waiting period of 21 days, it is anticipated that a contract will be signed May 15th and that Dr. Shepherd will begin work as the new superintendent this summer. He will coordinate with retiring Superintendent Dr. Robert Jaklich to ensure a seamless transition for the school district. Dr. Shepherd and his wife have two daughters, who will attend VISD schools beginning in the fall.