The Abilene ISD Board of Trustees selected Dr. James M. Largent to serve as the district’s interim superintendent beginning in January 2024. Largent brings 21 years of superintendent experience and 31 years of service in Texas public schools to AISD. He is currently the founder and CEO of Largent Consulting, LLC, and works in that capacity to support schools and corporate partners in executive searches and superintendent mentorship.
Prior to founding his consulting firm in 2018, Largent served as superintendent of schools in Granbury ISD, Rusk ISD, and Chireno ISD. He also twice served as interim superintendent for New Braunfels ISD. His experience includes more than a decade of service as a high school principal, assistant principal, head coach, athletic trainer, and teacher.
In addition to his career as an educator and administrator, Largent has served Texas students and communities as a leader for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools (TAMS), and Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS). He is a previous member of the governing board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and prior chairman for the Granbury Chamber of Commerce and Lake Granbury Medical Center. A four-time nominee for Superintendent of the Year in Regions 7 and 11, Largent was presented with the Key to the City of Granbury in 2018 and awarded an honorary life membership from TASA in 2019.
Largent holds a doctoral degree in education from Sam Houston State University and a superintendent certification from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also completed a master’s degree in educational administration at SHSU and a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Lamar University. He is the author of Leading in Chaos: A Commonsense Blueprint for New and Aspiring School Leaders, a 2022 Amazon bestseller.