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08.05.2014

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Board Member Spotlight:  Dr. Yvonne Katz

This retired superintendent with 39 years in public education was raised in Baytown, Texas. Her blood is orange from attending UT Austin for her bachelor’s, but she earned her doctorate from A & M. She was in the first graduating class at UT San Antonio, earning her master’s and becoming their first inductee as a Distinguished Alumna. She organized the Alumni Association, was the first president, and began the Scholarship Program. The new Alumni Center at UTSA was named, “Katz Alumni Center” in March, 2013.

Dr. Katz has taught at the elementary and secondary levels, was a middle school principal, became Director of Accreditation at the Texas Education Agency, as well as ushered in H. B. 72 as Associate Commissioner while there.

She served almost 20 years as a superintendent in 3 districts: Harlandale ISD in San Antonio; Beaverton School District in Beaverton, Oregon where Nike, IBM, and Intel are located; and, retired from Spring Branch ISD in Houston. She was one of the Top Five Superintendents in Texas in 1991. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards, she was the first time woman to achieve the honor. Twice, she was also selected by the EXECUTIVE EDUCATOR magazine as one of the top 100 Superintendents in North America. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in l984 and served as its president in 2010. Dr. Katz was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award from Texas A&M in 2003.

She also served as the third President of the Texas Council of Women School Executives and established local units around the state during her tenure.

Serving on a myriad of boards, she loves her work on the Pacific University Board of Trustees in Oregon. Additionally, she is a court-appointed volunteer Advocate to two children who have been removed from their mother due to abuse and neglect. Additionally, she serves as a member of the CASA Board of Governors and is the Chair of the S.A. Women’s Chamber of Commerce for the third year. Her red hats are feathery and fun as she also enjoys the Red Hatters.  

Her new challenge is as the duly elected Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Alamo Community College District, #7. She will serve for a six-year term as trustee.

Now that she’s retired, she spends her spare time playing golf, scuba diving, dancing, playing bridge, making jewelry, and photographing sunsets. She loves to visit her four grandchildren in Denver. Her driver’s license has an “M” on it, which allows her to ride her red, white, and blue, stars and stripes Harley on the by-ways of Texas!

She hopes to bring a recent Advocate's experience to the Board activities, goals, and focuses. Also, she hopes to bring connections to other 501(c)(3) groups on whose Boards she currently serves or has served in the past. Together, we can usually do things more efficiently and effectively for our various populations. She hopes that we can impact the legislature to understand that resources must be allocated to work with these young people who are victims of all the abuses in their homes.

Board Member Spotlight:  Dr. Yvonne Katz