Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox to retire in December 2025

Dr. James Wilcox, Longview ISD Superintendent

After a remarkable tenure of leadership and dedication, Dr. James E. Wilcox, Superintendent of Schools for Longview ISD, has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2025

Dr. Wilcox's decision to retire is driven by his and his wife's desire "to embark on new adventures," as well as to allow the LISD Board of Trustees "ample time to chart the future course of the district."

"I will give every ounce of leadership and caring to our students until my last day with LISD," he said. "I want the parents of our students to know that I truly do appreciate them sharing their most prized possession and God's greatest gift to us all: their children."

Read his full retirement letter here

Dr. Wilcox will remain fully engaged in his role, providing unwavering leadership and care to the students, staff, and community of Longview ISD until his final day. The Board of Trustees will commence a meticulous and comprehensive search for the next superintendent, ensuring a seamless transition to sustain the district's upward trajectory. 

Mr. Michael Tubb, Longview ISD Board President, said Dr. Wilcox's legacy of educational excellence and his enduring impact will continue to shape the future of Longview Independent School District.

"Longview ISD is a leading public school district, not just in East Texas but across the state," he said. "And that is due, in large part, to the innovation and expertise of Dr. WIlcox's leadership in providing exceptional educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12."