Today, the Santa Fe ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Kevin Bott as its Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent. Dr. Bott is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Lampasas ISD.
Dr. Bott began his career as an educator in 2001 as a middle school English teacher and coach before transitioning into school administration. He has served as an assistant principal, campus principal, central office administrator, and university instructor at Texas A&M-Central Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education (B.S.E) from Baylor University, his master’s degree (M.S.E.) from Tarleton State University, and his Doctorate in Education from Baylor University (Ed.D.).
Prior to his tenure in Lampasas ISD, Dr. Bott was recognized as a Midway ISD Teacher of the Year Nominee (2004) and a Midway Education Foundation Distinguished Educator (2007, 2008, 2010). He has served on the Board of Directors for the JonMarie Center for Educational Therapy in Waco, TX, the Texas A&M-Central Texas (TAMU-CT) Principals Advisory Board, the Rollins Brook Hospital Advisory Board, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board, and the Lampasas Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC). In addition, Dr. Bott is a two-time recipient of the “Raise Your Hand Texas” Harvard Leadership Grant (2013, 2015) and a recipient of the Student Spotlight Award in Curriculum & Instruction at Baylor University (2009).
Dr. Bott stated, “It is truly humbling to be named as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position here in Santa Fe ISD. My family and I are honored to join the Santa Fe school district and community. I look forward to working with the SFISD School Board, our hard-working professional educators, and the Santa Fe community to ensure the continued growth and success of all students and staff.” Dr. Bott and his wife, Jennifer, have four children – Caleb (15), Emily (13), Jonathan (11) and Noah (3).
The Santa Fe ISD Board began its search in January after long-time Superintendent Dr. Leigh Wall announced her retirement. The Board reviewed over fifty applications for the position and selected Dr. Bott after interviewing multiple qualified candidates.
Board President Rusty Norman stated, “We are so excited that Dr. Bott has accepted the Board’s offer to be this fine district’s lone finalist for the position of superintendent. After seeking community input, this Board worked many hours and spent many late nights searching for the right candidate. We have found that in Dr. Bott and look forward to his energy and enthusiasm as he continues to work for our community, our legacy, and our future.” Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period after naming the lone finalist before the superintendent can be named.