Dr. Thomas Randle became Lamar CISD’s Superintendent of Schools in 2001. Under his leadership, Lamar CISD is known around the state for academic excellence. During his tenure, the District has twice been recognized by Texas School Business magazine for its best practices. Lamar CISD has earned the HEB Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and three campuses were named National Blue Ribbon Schools. Since Dr. Randle’s arrival in Lamar CISD, the District has added over a dozen facilities—with plans for another dozen on the way. Student enrollment has increased from about 16,000 to 31,000 and the staff has gone from 2,200 to 4,700—making Lamar CISD the second-largest employer in Fort Bend County. He’s twice been named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year (2001 & 2017) and also a finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Randle began his education career as an agriculture teacher in Sweeny, then worked his way up the administrative ladder in Conroe ISD, as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent for secondary education. He also served as superintendent in LaMarque ISD for six years prior to arriving in Lamar CISD.
The Holdsworth Academy’s mission is to develop a leadership culture within school districts that will build the foundation for greater student success. Their goal is to work with partner districts over a sustained period of time in order to create systemic change and structures around the identification, training, development and support of future leaders.