The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Tom Trigg as Highland Park ISD’s Superintendent of Schools at a called meeting today. Dr. Trigg is the eighth superintendent in HPISD’s 101-year history, and he is expected to assume the role full-time in late July.
“Dr. Trigg is a visionary leader in the educational field, and he has earned an outstanding national reputation,” HPISD School Board President Joe Taylor said. “The Board of Trustees is looking forward to working with him to build on HPISD’s tradition of academic excellence and innovative learning opportunities for our students.”
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 honored to serve Highland Park ISD and begin building upon its legacy of learning and service with the support of our talented students, passionate educators, engaged families and supportive community,” Dr. Trigg said. “I am excited to join a community that is motivated and committed to providing an exceptional education for every student.”
During his first few weeks on the job, Dr. Trigg is looking forward to meeting as many students, teachers, parents and community members as possible. He is also excited to lead the annual Superintendent’s Convocation event for faculty and staff on Aug. 17.
Dr. Trigg served as superintendent at Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, Kansas, 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 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.