HISD names key leaders

Houlihan and Hardman take over human resources, school support

Dr. Andrew Houlihan comments during the opening day of the Houston ISD Summer Leadership Institute at Reliant Center, June 17, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Dr. Andrew Houlihan

HISD recently announced two major appointments  to its leadership team. Dr. Andrew Houlihan will move into the role of chief human resources officer, a position that was vacated when Dr. Rodney Watson was named superintendent of Spring ISD. Chief High Schools Officer Dr. Shonda Huery Hardman will step into Houlihan’s current position of chief school support officer. The appointments go into effect immediately.

Houlihan, who has been with HISD since 2010, previously served as chief major projects officer, school support officer, and principal of Parker Elementary School. Before joining HISD, he served as assistant director of the Leadership Development Center in the Austin Independent School District and the director of the Education Leadership Institute at the International Center for Leadership in Education in New York. He began his career in North Carolina as a second-grade lead teacher at AB Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Shonda Huery Hardman

A veteran educator and administrator, Huery Hardman joined HISD earlier this year as assistant superintendent of HISD’s Futures Academy and was moved to chief high School officer in May. She began her career in the Washington, D.C., area as an English teacher. She later served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and English language arts teacher in the Houston Independent School District. A graduate of HISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Huery Hardman also served as an academic superintendent in Boston, where she coached, supervised, and supported principals, and was a chief of schools in Chicago Public Schools. Her replacement has yet to be named.