Dr. Don W. Hooper has over 46 years of experience in public education, serving 33 years as an educator, instructional leader, and district administrator—serving 25 years as superintendent in five school districts ranging in size from 110 students to 60,000 students. He also has experience working with boards of education to formulate school district policy, develop and implement strategic plans, and oversee day-to-day school district administration and operations. Dr. Hooper was named as Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1995 and named as Educator of the Month by Texas School Business Magazine. He was the 2001-02 President of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). He was the 1994-95 President of Texas Association of School Administrators(TASA) and the 1997-98 Education Co-Chair of the Texas Business and Education Coalition. His university service includes adjunct professor teaching for the Department of School Administration/Supervision in the University of Houston System, The University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin where he taught courses in Instructional Leadership, Instructional Supervision, Curriculum and Administration of Programs, The Superintendency, School Finance and Public Relations and Community Affairs. Additionally he serves on two corporate boards and two private school boards.
He is co-author of the book Public Relations for School Leaders, is a co-author of Leadership Defined, and has been featured in a number of journals and has been published in state and national journals. He developed the concept of Executive Stewardship and has published it in numerous outlets. He also has spoken internationally to the British Society of Education Officers at Cambridge University, the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, and the Canadian Association of School Administrators.
In addition to having served as a superintendent in one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, Dr. Hooper led the district to a “Recognized Rating” from the Texas Education Agency. He has significant experience working with boards of education to formulate school district policy, develop and implement strategic plans, and oversee day-to-day school district administration and operations.