Superintendent, Dallas Independent School DistrictTexas
Dr. Michael Hinojosa has served almost 27 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America: Dallas Independent School District (ISD) in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than four decades.
With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, Hinojosa has led several school districts to improved student achievement. His recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. In 2019, D Magazine named Hinojosa the “Best Public Official” in Dallas. The Council of the Great City Schools awarded him the Green-Garner Award, the highest honor in urban education, as the 2020 Urban Educator of the Year. Hinojosa is a recipient of the Consortium for School Networking and American Association of School Administrators 2021 EmpowerED Digital Superintendent Award. He is also a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas ISD, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin.