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Klein ISD chosen to participate in Holdsworth Center premier leadership inaugural cohort

Klein ISD chosen to participate in Holdsworth Center premier leadership inaugural cohort

The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute founded and funded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, recently announced that Klein ISD will be among seven school districts to participate in the center’s inaugural cohort beginning in June. Previously, Klein ISD was chosen as one of only two districts to participate in a short pre-pilot program as the center began work around leadership development for school districts. This work led to the Profile of a Leader guiding document recently approved by the Klein ISD Board of Trustees that supports the district’s vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose.

The Holdsworth Center has the goal of “supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas.” Joining Klein on this inaugural journey are Arlington, Grand Prairie, Lamar Consolidated, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Round Rock, Southwest Independent School Districts.

The acceptance process was extensive with a formal application process and site visits by the Holdsworth team. According to the Holdsworth Center, “the selected districts and finalists demonstrated an existing commitment to human capital and talent development and alignment of vision among the superintendent, key leadership team members and the board of trustees.”

“We are excited to begin our first program with a strong group of districts who have dynamic leaders at the helm,” said Kate Rogers, Executive Vice President of The Holdsworth Center. “Though all seven are doing great work, they’ve identified areas where they can improve and are open to creative solutions. Our staff is eager to help. In the end, the work we will do together benefits students by ensuring that every school has a great leader.”

Superintendent Bret Champion shared the news with his extended leadership team this week via a video complete with confetti poppers. He said, “Our leaders are excited and looking forward to partnering with Holdsworth to build a best-in-class leadership pipeline over the next five years. We believe that strong leaders are student-focused, relationship driven, investors in the promise of others, and forever learners. This opportunity will help us move our Profile of a Leader into a dynamic program allowing Klein to grow and attain the best education leaders in the state.”

The program itself will be intensive and span five years kicking off this summer. The first cohort of school leaders will launch in the summer of 2018 with new cohorts launching yearly thereafter during the duration of the program. These cohorts will be exposed to the best leadership experts in the country and will explore their personal leadership in a setting that “promotes reflection, thought and dialogue.” Some topics that will be explored are change management, effective teaming, and best practices in talent management.

Leslie Kompelien, principal of Ulrich Intermediate, said, “I am excited that Klein ISD is part of The Holdsworth Leadership program because it will provide us with a strong framework to continue to build strong, creative, and committed leaders for our students.”

Dr. Jenny McGown, Chief Learning Officer, is overjoyed to partner with Kate Rogers, a previous Ford’s Salute to Education winner and Acting Executive President of The Holdsworth Center; Lindsay Whorton, a former Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow who serves as the Managing Director of District Services for The Holdsworth Center; and Marina Lin, graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, and Managing Director of Programs.

“Working with Kate, Lindsay, Marina and the other amazing Holdsworth team members is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Klein,” said McGown. “We could not be more grateful and proud to continue our partnership with Holdsworth, working with this extraordinary team to bring the Profile of a Leader to life for the benefit of our students. Building strong leaders ensures that students will exit our system with a purpose full of endless possibilities for their lives.”

Klein ISD is proud to be part of the inaugural group of public school districts and promises to work diligently to develop a leadership pipeline that honors Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt and her love for education.

The Holdsworth Center Headquartered in Austin, Texas and founded by Charles Butt, a lifelong advocate for public education, the Holdsworth Center will offer world-class training and leadership development to school districts selected to participate through a generous multi-year investment. Named after Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, an educator and dedicated philanthropist, the Center’s goal is to successfully support and develop the leaders of the more than 1,200 school districts in Texas and the thousands of campus leaders in the state in order to improve the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom. For more information, visit


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