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March 2, 2012

Robert Durón joins TEA as deputy commissioner


AUSTIN - Robert Durón, who has served as superintendent of two large Texas school districts, will join the Texas Education Agency as deputy commissioner for finance and administration, effective April 1.

Durón, who has 31 years of education experience, most recently served as superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District. He led this 55,000 student district for more than five years. During his years in San Antonio, Durón played a key role in bringing financial stability to the district by cutting its operating budget by $64 million, increasing its fund balance by more than 20 percent and passing a $515 million bond package in 2010.

Prior to working in San Antonio ISD, Durón served as superintendent of the 37,000-student Socorro ISD in El Paso from 2003 to 2006. He was an assistant superintendent in Clear Creek ISD in League City for six years and has also worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal in various districts.

 Durón, who holds a doctorate from Baylor University and two degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce, also has teaching experience at the higher education level, having worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston in Clear Lake and University of Texas at San Antonio.

In his new job at TEA, Durón will oversee the financial and administrative side of the agency, which includes grants, school funding, financial audits, information systems, accounting, budget and planning, federal program compliance, and statewide data systems.

He replaces Adam Jones who has taken a job in the private sector.

“Adam and I have grown up together at TEA. We started here on the same day in 1994 and shared an office in those early years. He’s a good friend and has been a valuable employee at TEA in a variety of roles. I am going to miss him terribly but I’m glad to welcome Robert Durón to the TEA family. He brings a wealth of front-line school experience to the agency. His practical experience will help us shape programs and policies in ways that make them effective for our school districts and charters,” said Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.

Durón is married to Jodi Durón, a career educator, and they have two children.