At its Feb 22. meeting, the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Jeff Arnett as the next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Arnett will succeed retiring Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard.
“Tonight marks the culmination of our search process to name the next Superintendent of Schools,” said Eanes Board President John Havenstrite. “This Board is extremely excited by the reaction of our community, faculty and students at the naming of Dr. Jeff Arnett as the finalist for this position.”
Dr. Arnett has served as Eanes ISD’s Deputy Superintendent since 2016, overseeing district leadership, operations and committees such as Envision Eanes and the District Leadership Team. He has been instrumental in leading a cohesive strategic plan for the district, including all departments and operations.
“I am grateful to the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees for its trust in me, and to our community of outstanding students, staff and families who are so invested in the success of our schools,” said Dr. Arnett. “I am humbled and honored to represent and support you in this role. I also want to thank Dr. Leonard, my long-time colleague and mentor, for his leadership over the past eight years and the example he has set for so many.”
Dr. Jeff Arnett joined Eanes ISD as Deputy Superintendent in August 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Arnett served as Chief Communications Officer for Barrington School District in suburban Chicago for six years. Before serving in the Barrington School District, Dr. Arnett was Director of Communications, Education & Public Programs for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He began his career in public education in Missouri, where he served various school districts as Director of Communications, Director of School and Community Relations and as a first grade classroom teacher. He still holds his K-8 teaching certificate and is certified to teach high school journalism.
Dr. Arnett holds bachelor’s degrees in both education and communications, master’s degrees in education and corporate communications and a doctorate in educational leadership. His endorsements include Certification in Administrative Leadership with a superintendent’s credential in Texas, and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).
Retiring Superintendent Dr. Leonard, who will assist with the transition, echoed the Board’s confidence in Dr. Arnett. “You are getting an excellent educator and person,” said Dr. Leonard. “I couldn’t be happier for Jeff, his family and the Eanes community. This is an incredible team of professionals who I know will continue to lead our District to even greater success.”