Michael Hinojosa, Ed.D., is a veteran of more than 22 years of school district leadership. His career in public education – from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO –spans three decades, including leadership at two of the 25 largest school systems in America – the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.
Today, Dr. Hinojosa is at the helm of Dallas ISD for a second time, approaching ten years of service to the district. where he graduated high school and began his career as an educator. His record of improving academic performance in urban school districts is based on a firm belief that education, not environment, is the key to student success.
A frequent speaker and advisor to educational leadership organizations in Texas and the U.S., Dr. Hinojosa is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and has garnered numerous other awards and recognition. He was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards in 2002 and selected as the state’s top superintendent by the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. His alma mater, the College of Education at Texas Tech University, named him a Distinguished Alumnus, and he was honored as Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Hinojosa received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. He earned his master’s degree at the University of North Texas and received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin.
Hinojosa and his wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton and Harvard universities. His son from a previous marriage graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 education.