Central Texas is welcoming back an established educational administrator and Leander is welcoming a new leader with the hiring of Devin Padavil, Ed.D. as the new area superintendent. 

The Board of Trustees announced the hiring of Padavil, who currently serves Fort Bend ISD as an Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, during their Feb. 27 meeting. In his new role, Padavil will provide leadership and support to principals by providing coaching and professional learning opportunities. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Devin Padavil to our area superintendent team,” Gearing said. “Devin comes highly recommended from Fort Bend ISD, where he used his impressive talent to improve the student experience for children in 28 secondary schools. He brings enthusiasm and energy to our team, and we are excited to partner together to serve the needs of our principals and students.”

Padavil spent several years as a principal in Pflugerville ISD before moving to Frisco ISD in the same capacity. He transitioned into district leadership at Fort Bend ISD, where he worked with principals to develop goals and strategies for success. With a focus on student-centered leadership, Padavil believes in fostering a healthy climate and culture to create the best student experiences. He considers knowing and helping others his greatest leadership accomplishment, aspiring to continue that tradition for LISD.

“I am excited and humbled to join LISD’s amazing team,” Padavil said. “This is a stellar district with ambitious goals. Although it is bittersweet to leave my current district, I’ve spent the majority of my career in the Austin area. It’s good to be back home.”

Padavil attended Illinois State University where he received his undergraduate degree in education. He earned his master’s in educational administration and doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Padavil starts in his new position April 6. He will support schools in two regions of LISD, replacing John Graham, who assumed the role of assistant superintendent of campus activities and support earlier this year.