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GALVESTON, Texas - December 16, 2020 - On December 16, 2020 at the regular board meeting, the Galveston ISD board of trustees officially announced Dr. Jerry Gibson as the lone finalist for the next superintendent of the district. 

Gibson is coming from Marshall ISD, where he has served as its superintendent of schools for more than four years. Before that, he led Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD as its superintendent of schools and has also worked in Waco ISD as the executive director of secondary education. Previous roles include principal at Whitney High School and principal at Deweyville High School. Gibson will replace Dr. Kelli Moulton, who recently announced her retirement and whose last day will be January 29, 2021.

“One of the original reasons that Galveston ISD caught my attention is the location. We have children and grandchildren who are in the greater Houston area and we have missed so many things in their lives,” reflects Gibson. “As I began to look into the school district itself, I learned of many opportunities for students and staff that matched my strengths and aligned with many of my experiences.”

In his four years at Marshall ISD, the district saw a sharp increase in STAAR test scores and an improved accountability rating, the establishment of a dual-credit CTE program, a reduction in the overall budget by more than $2 million, and a successful discipline matrix ensuring fair and consistent treatment of every student.  

“We were very impressed with his solid track record of improving student outcomes at school districts that he has previously led, especially for economically disadvantaged students,” says Galveston ISD Board of Trustees President Tony Brown. “He is down to earth, candid, and transparent. He says what he is going to do and then he does it. He will take us where we want to go.”

A native Texan, Gibson obtained his Bachelor of Science from East Texas Baptist University, Master of Education through Lamar University, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. Specific terms of his contract will be agreed upon after January 6, 2021 and he is expected to begin his tenure on or around February 1, 2021. 

Galveston ISD is a public school district in Texas that serves more than 7,000 students. Its 12 Schools of Choice campuses consist of traditional and theme based schools, charter schools, STEM programs, magnet schools, and a mega-magnet high school established in 1884. The district’s mission is to Educate, Engage and Empower EACH student for a life of Excellence. To learn more, visit

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