Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees announced during a special called meeting Thursday evening that Dr. Richele Langley, a 1983 graduate of Marshall High School and a longtime former teacher, principal and administrator in the district, has been named lone finalist for the position of Marshall ISD Superintendent.
Dr. Langley becomes the 24th Superintendent in the history of Marshall public schools, and just the second female Superintendent in the history of the school district. She is returning to lead MISD after six years as Deputy Executive Director at Region 8 Education Service Center.
“After an extensive search and interviewing some very highly qualified candidates, the MISD Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that we have selected Dr. Langley as our next Superintendent,” said Brad Burris, MISD Board of Trustees President. “With her qualifications and experience as well as her extensive knowledge of Marshall, it makes her by far the best candidate for Marshall ISD. We are excited about her leading us into the next chapter of success and believe the best is yet to come for MISD.”
“I am thrilled to be returning to Marshall ISD and for the opportunity to come home to my alma mater and the district where I spent 22 years teaching and serving the children of Marshall,” said Dr. Langley. “I know that, working with our staff, parents, students and community, Marshall ISD will be the district of choice for our area.”
Dr. Langley has spent 22 of her 31 years in public education in Marshall ISD. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1983 and returned to the district as a teacher at MHS in 1993. In 1998, she was named Assistant Principal at Sam Houston Middle School and served in that capacity for two years.
After a two-year stint as a junior high assistant principal in Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Ark., Dr. Richele Langley returned home to MISD in 2002 to serve as a 5th-6th Grade Special Education Resource Teacher in Language Arts and Math. She became the district’s Special Programs Director in 2004-2005 before being named the Principal at Sam Houston Middle School in 2005.
Dr. Richele Langley served as Principal at Sam Houston from 2005-2012 before being named MISD’s Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and School Improvement in June of 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the alignment of the district curriculum as well as professional development of the curriculum to the MISD staff. She oversaw district academic programs such as Bilingual, Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical Education, STEM and AVID, as well as district assessment and accountability.
Dr. Richele Langley left MISD for her current position at Region 8 in June of 2015, and has since managed Region 8’s Curriculum, Instruction, Special Education, Federal and State Programs, Leadership and Accountability, and Technology departments as well as the development of Professional Development programs for 46 districts in the region.
After graduating from MHS, Dr. Langley received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988. She earned her Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1997, and earned her Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University in College Station in 2020.
The announcement of Dr. Langley as lone finalist caps a nearly four-month search for a new MISD superintendent, after former superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson was named lone finalist in Galveston ISD in December. The MISD school board enlisted the services of Thompson & Horton LLP to conduct a nationwide search for the district’s next superintendent. The search produced over 40 applicants, with the board selecting a final eight for interviews.
Retired superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick has been serving as the district’s Interim Superintendent since Feb. 1.
After the state-required 21-day waiting period for a lone finalist, Dr. Langley is expected to officially begin as MISD Superintendent on May 3.
Richele and her husband, Randy, have two grown children who are also alumni of MISD. Their son, Blake (MHS Class of 2009), is now an Assistant Principal at Foster Middle School in Longview ISD. Daughter Taylor (MHS Class of 2012) is an ER/Trauma Nurse. Richele’s mother, Patsy Bailey, resides in Marshall and has been a longtime realtor in the area.
“History-rich Mav Country will excel in all facets of education for the benefit of each child, family and community,” Dr. Langley said. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”