Waxahachie ISD will soon be under new leadership after Lumberton ISD named Dr. Jeremy Glenn as the lone finalist for its vacant superintendent position.

According to a Waxahachie ISD announcement, Lumberton ISD offered Glenn a five-year contract, which is the maximum length allowed for Texas superintendents. He will have to wait the mandatory 21 days before officially being hired.

Waxahachie ISD will begin the search for a new superintendent "in the coming months," the release added.

Glenn joined Waxahachie ISD in December 2013 after previously serving in the same role as superintendent of Nacogdoches-Central Heights ISD.

“I am grateful to have had the privilege to serve in Waxahachie ISD,” Glenn stated. “By working together with our community, teachers, and students we have accomplished some amazing things. I believe we have put strong systems in place and the future is bright for WISD.”

Glenn added that he is excited for the opportunity to join a district in Lumberton with a "rich history of success."

"This has been a difficult decision. My family and I will miss the friends we have made in Waxahachie," he stated. "This change will be a chance to grow professionally and tackle some new challenges.”

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees recently voted 6-to-1 to approve Glenn's evaluation.

The board also approved to award Glenn an increase in compensation. Board members later stated the raise is a reflection of the successes the district has had under Glenn’s leadership during a time of significant growth.

On Jan. 23, 2017, the board approved a contract extension for Glenn through July 2022 in a 5-to-2 vote.

Initially hired Jan. 6, 2014, Glenn’s original contract was scheduled to end July 31, 2017. In Aug. 2016, he was offered and accepted a pay raise that boosted his annual salary roughly $10,000 — from $175,000 to $185,000 but not to exceed $190,000. The contract signed last year also stipulated Glenn’s salary was to increase by $5,000 on July 31 of each year from 2018-2021.

Glenn declined a 2.9 percent raise in 2015.

According to a Waxahachie ISD press release, Glenn was recently named the 2018 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year. In 2017 he was listed in the Waxahachie Daily Light's 40-under-40 as one of the top young leader in Ellis County. In 2015 he was recognized by the Woodmen Life as their Community Leader of the Year.

Glenn has served on the Waxahachie Economic Development Council, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Lions Club.

The WISD release also notes the district earned 23 Academic Distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, the most in the history of the district, and is currently No. 9 in the UIL Lone Star Cup standings.

The Lone Star Cup recognizes school districts for outstanding accomplishments in athletic, academic, and fine arts programs.

“As a man of faith, I feel like my family and I are being called to serve in Lumberton," Glenn stated. "My wife and I have always viewed our profession as a mission field. We are thankful to have served in Waxahachie and we look forward to partnering with the teachers and community in Lumberton to provide students with a strong academic foundation.”

Waxahachie ISD Board President James Villarreal stated, “This is a sad day for WISD. Dr. Glenn and his family will be greatly missed by our community. Under his leadership our district has seen tremendous student growth and thrived academically. He has been an outstanding leader and champion for our students.”