By Megan Wehring
HAYS CISD — Hays CISD will welcome a new chief human resources officer on July 1.
The Hays CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved for Dr. Fernando Medina to assume the role of the district’s chief human resources officer. Medina will replace Marivel Sedillo, who was promoted to deputy superintendent and chief academic officer in May.
“It’s my honor to welcome Dr. Medina to our school district family,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “He is a highly accomplished and passionate bilingual educator with nearly three decades of experience in the classroom, as a campus leader and as a human resources professional. Our district is lucky to have him on the team.”
Dr. Medina began his education career in the early 1990s as a music teacher and band director, including his time as the director of the North Grand Prairie High School Mariachi band. From 1997 to 2016, he honed his craft as an education leader as he served as a campus principal, executive director of human resources and assistant superintendent of human resources for the Richardson Independent School District near Dallas. In 2016, Dr. Medina became the Austin Independent School District’s chief human capital officer.
“I am highly passionate about education,” Media said, “and I believe that the educator is the greatest equalizer who can ensure equity in and out of the classroom so that all children reach their potential. Ensuring that all children have access to quality educators, therefore, is paramount to me. I strongly believe that all systems, and the people who lead and create them, must work together strategically and with a focus on equity to ensure the success of each student and teacher. I am looking forward to contributing to the leadership team at Hays and creating an environment where every child can learn, grow and succeed.”
Dr. Medina holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas; a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington; and his Doctorate of Education from the University of North Texas. He has earned several awards throughout his career from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). As the campus principal of Dover Elementary School in Richardson ISD, he led the campus to earn a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation from the United States Department of Education.
“As with most organizations, great things don’t happen without the passion and dedication of the people who serve,” Wright said. “The heartbeat of our district, the people who make the magic happen, includes our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition employees, custodians, campus leaders, administration and the many other professionals who work for Hays CISD.”