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Dr.  John Folks

Senior Lecturer
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies




Dr. John M. Folks, former Superintendent of Northside ISD, headed one of the largest and fastest-growing school districts in Texas. Folks was an educator for 42 years and was named the 2011 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Dr. Folks served as Superintendent of Northside from July 2002 until July 2012 and is the former top education leader for the state of Oklahoma and the former Superintendent of Spring ISD in Houston.

Dr. Folks also served as Superintendent of the Midwest City-Del City Public Schools in suburban Oklahoma City and as Dean of the School of Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

As the Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Folks was responsible for the development of policy and implementation of comprehensive plans for education from early childhood through high school. He also served on the Board of Regents for Oklahoma colleges and universities.

A native of Oklahoma who earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Folks began his teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas.

A vocal advocate for public education, Dr. Folks is Past President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and served on the Executive and Legislative committees. He served on the Steering Committee of the Fast Growth School Coalition, on the Board of Directors of the Texas Academic Decathlon, and the Texas Education Reform Foundation/Texas Education Reform Caucus. Dr. Folks also is a Past President of the Texas School Alliance and a Past President of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

Dr. Folks was active in the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and served on two of its Public Affairs Council committees – the State and Federal Legislative Committee and the Education Committee. He is currently a member of the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County and Generation Texas.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council, and is a member of the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors.  He is also serving as Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.