By Brian Besch
After Corrigan-Camden ISD Superintendent Richard Cooper was named the lone candidate at Wills Point ISD, the district needed an interim to step in until a search is complete and the role is filled.
Dr. Glenn Hambrick was hired as interim superintendent and has plenty of experience in East Texas. He is a former superintendent at Rosebud-Lott, Elkhart and Carthage, and has been an interim superintendent at Marshall, as well as an athletic director, coach and teacher at several stops.
“I was a preacher’s kid, so I moved around in East Texas,” Hambrick said of his youth. “The last stop when I was in school was in Groveton, which is where I graduated. When I started my career out, I did a little bit of the same. If you are a head coach and you want to move up, you have to move. It is the same thing with administration. It took me to several places, and for the most part, the East Texas area.”
Other schools of employment include Nacogdoches, Crockett, Buffalo, Garrison, and Groveton. The folks in Corrigan did not give him such a bad time for being a Groveton High School graduate.
“They knew ahead of time,” Hambrick laughed. “I played on that football field back there (in Corrigan) when I was a Groveton Indian and some Corrigan Bulldog about knocked me out.”
Hambrick attended East Texas Baptist for his undergrad. He went to Stephen F. Austin while student teaching at Garrison High School, then was the high school principal at Crockett while finishing his doctorate at Sam Houston State.
The 2012 Region VII Superintendent of the Year said each superintendent job is different and has its own challenges. He feels he was hired at Corrigan-Camden because of experience and success in certain aspects the school is looking for immediately.
“Each school is going to be different in their needs or what they have going on is just a little bit different,” he said. “You try to pick a place where the school is at a place that you can help them and it is a good match. That is kind of what I look for.
“When I went to Carthage, they had some facility needs, and that is an area where I felt comfortable. With the financial part of it, I was a math teacher, so numbers come easy to me. We figured out how to do a number of projects. Helping out Corrigan is similar in that they have passed a bond and now they’ve got some building to do. This is an area where I have experience and I think they were looking for somebody like that, because the process has to continue. My job is to continue with that process without slowing it down until they are able to get a new superintendent in full-time.”
The interim superintendent will have a different set of tasks depending on what time of year they are hired.
“In the superintendent’s seat, it is kind of like the seasons of the year,” Hambrick said. “There are certain things that happen at different portions of the year, and the superintendent is the same way. I’ll be starting in February, and this is the time that you’re finishing up evaluations and rehiring staff. Very quickly, you will be looking at your staff turnover. You’ve got to be a part of that process that brings quality people into the district. That is pretty important. Pretty soon, in a month or two, you are going to start getting serious about your budget. You can’t just say that process is just going to happen on its own – it doesn’t. It needs some supervision, and you can’t spend what you don’t have. This is a time where people will present their requests and things that they would like in the budget for next year and you have to make it all work.”
Hambrick said he hasn’t been given a timeline for his length of stay, but typically a search firm takes between three and five months for the hire. He is not part of the search team but stated he would be available as a reference if needed. Sheryl Moore, a retired former superintendent in Sealy, is helping lead that search.
Bonds are an area of expertise for Hambrick. He helped pass five different bonds while at Carthage for a total of over $84 million.
“I hate to see a school that is in their position having passed a bond and needing to move forward, to have someone come in that doesn’t have the background that I have helping out in that area. Plus, it is in an area that I am familiar with, even though it is not a hop, skip and jump from where I live. That was really the only drawback at all.”
There is a plan of getting around all the travel, as he happens to be a pilot and can fly to an airport between Diboll and Lufkin, taking the short drive from there.
“I went to school in the area, I have coached in the area, and been an administrator in the area. I have known about Corrigan since I was in high school and in the same district. I think it is a quality school district and I am just glad that I have the opportunity to help out a little bit.”