McKinney ISD


Superintendent Search

McKinney ISD Board of Trustees President, Amy Dankel, shares the next steps in our district's search for a new superintendent.

This page will continue to be updated throughout the search process. Please check back for the latest developments.

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McKinney ISD is currently seeking its next superintendent of schools. This webpage includes information and resources specific to the search process. All members of the MISD community, including students, employees, parents, residents and community partners, are invited to participate in the search process by providing feedback through a variety of opportunities.

This feedback will be used to create a profile that will ensure the district identifies candidates whose characteristics most closely align with those sought out by our community.

The Board’s goal is to approve an employment contract and introduce McKinney ISD’s next superintendent by late March 2023.

Letter From Board President, Amy Dankel

Hello, McKinney ISD.

As you may have already heard, Dr. Rick McDaniel, our superintendent for the past 8 years has announced his retirement, and he will conclude a 35-year career in public education at the end of this school year.

As president of the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees, I’m excited to share the next steps in our search for McKinney ISD’s new superintendent.

Our school board will obtain an outside firm in the next week to assist with the process, and during the months of December and January, the search firm will facilitate a variety of opportunities for community and stakeholder input on the characteristics they would like to see in the new superintendent. These opportunities will include a series of focus groups, community meetings and surveys.

This input will provide the search firm and our Board of Trustees with valuable information that will ensure that we identify candidates whose characteristics most closely align with those sought out by our community and parents.

In late January and February, we will narrow the applicant field and schedule interviews. Following the initial interviews, we will select finalists for a second round of interviews that will take place in mid-February, and our goal is to have a final candidate identified and announced by February 20, 2023.

In Texas, the final candidate is known as a lone finalist, and state law requires that 21 days must elapse following the announcement before the new leader can be formally hired. After that 21-day waiting period, our goal is to approve an employment contract and introduce McKinney ISD’s next superintendent in late March.

McKinney ISD is an exceptional school district, and we anticipate interest from many qualified and experienced candidates. We are confident that through this process, we will be able to identify a great leader for the district.

Please visit this superintendent search page regularly to stay updated on the process and to provide feedback as we build our superintendent profile. We appreciate your ongoing support of McKinney ISD and public education, and we look forward to continuing a legacy of excellence in our district.


Amy Dankel
McKinney ISD Board of Trustees

Search Timeline

Phase 1: Input and Discovery

  • Selection of Search Firm: Mid December
  • Community Feedback: January – February

Phase 2: Application Period

  • Review of Applications: January – February

Phase 3: Interviews and Selection

  • Applicant Interviews: February
  • Lone Finalist Named: Late February
  • New Superintendent Announced: March 2023

Search Survey Results

Search Resources

Search Firm Contact

Mike Moses, Ed.D. – [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is McKinney ISD conducting a Superintendent Search?

    McKinney ISD’s current superintendent, Dr. Rick McDaniel, announced his decision to retire after a successful 35 year career serving in public education. Dr. McDaniel has agreed to stay on during the new superintendent search and transition period.

  • What is the Board looking for in a new Superintendent?

    The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees is committed to receiving as much feedback and input from MISD stakeholders as possible. Our goal is to work with the search firm to develop a profile based upon what stakeholders would like to see in their new school district leader. This will take place through a variety of avenues. We are confident that we will be able to attract many exceptional and experienced candidates for the position.

    We are looking for a superintendent who will guide and support teachers and staff, engage and continue partnerships with local leaders, communicate with stakeholders effectively, facilitate high standards for student achievement and preparation for graduation and beyond, demonstrate transparency and good moral character, meet the MISD community expectations for its public school leader and more.

  • How can the community participate in the search?

    We will seek community input through a wide variety of avenues including focus groups, town hall meetings, and staff and community surveys. We will publish additional information regarding these opportunities in the near future.

  • Who will be responsible for the hiring process?

    The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting and hiring the superintendent for McKinney ISD. After candidates are identified and interviewed, the Board will name a selected candidate as the lone finalist, and after 21 days, can formally hire the next superintendent.

  • Where can I find a timeline for the search?

    The timeline and process is available here.

  • If I have questions about the process, who can I ask?

    McKinney ISD stakeholders can ask questions by visiting the Contact Us page.

Need Help?

If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Cody Cunningham by phone at 469-302-4095 or by email here .