June 1, 2015
HPISD names superintendent finalist


The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Tom Trigg as the lone finalist for superintendent at a called meeting today.


Trigg, who is currently serving as superintendent in Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, Kansas, has earned a national reputation as an outstanding education leader.


"Dr. Trigg is an educational leader and team-builder of the highest caliber," HPISD School Board President Joe Taylor said. "He has an impressive track record of working within a high-performing district to build on existing excellence while developing innovative educational programs to inspire students to both academic success and personal growth."


Dr. Trigg was featured as one of Education Week's 2015 Leaders to Learn From, where he earned accolades for bringing valuable career experiences to students by partnering with the business community. He was also named the 2011 Kansas Superintendent of the Year and one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year.


"I am humbled and honored that the Highland Park Board of Trustees has asked me to join their leadership team," Dr. Trigg said. "I am extremely impressed with Highland Park's unyielding commitment to its students. I am excited to join a district that is committed to excellence, and I look forward to building relationships with the talented students, passionate educators, engaged families and supportive community."


Click the image above to view a video featuring Dr. Tom Trigg, created by Education Week
Click the image above to view a video featuring Dr. Tom Trigg, created by Education Week.


Dr. Trigg served as superintendent at Blue Valley Schools for 11 years. Before being promoted to superintendent, he served as assistant superintendent of administrative services for eight years. He was also assistant superintendent and high school principal in Gardner Edgerton Antioch School District in Gardner, Kansas, and also a mathematics instructor and athletic coach in Shawnee Mission School District in Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Trigg received his doctorate from the University of Kansas, his master's degree in educational administration from Emporia State University, and his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physical education from Ottawa University.


Dr. Trigg's community involvement is also strongly evident in his leadership roles with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Superintendents' Forum, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Organization to Combat Sexual Assault, and United Community Services.


Dr. Trigg's wife, Julie, is a Spanish teacher. The Triggs have three children: Amanda, Whitney and Aaron. Amanda, a pediatrician, and her husband Steve, an obstetrician, reside in Amarillo, Texas with their daughter, Elizabeth. Whitney, a territory manager for a national pharmaceutical company, and her husband Cody, an Industrial Technology teacher and coach, reside in Johnson County, Kansas. Aaron is an athletic director and basketball coach in Scottsdale, Arizona.


The district will make a final announcement following the 21-day waiting period required by state law.