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Forney ISD’s Dr. Terry named ‘NSPRA Superintendent to Watch’


Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry has been selected as a 2021 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Dr. Terry joins just 18 other superintendents nationwide and only three in Texas who were selected for the honor. Honorees must have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and must demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

“We are so glad Dr. Terry is receiving this recognition for the way he communicates and engages with our community,” Forney ISD Board President Greg Pharris said. “Our board already knows what a phenomenal leader we have in Dr. Terry, and we’re so glad others are recognizing him on a national level for his connection with our Forney family.”

NSPRA selects the honorees for their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community, their dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core, and efforts to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts. 

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen,” Dr. Terry said. “Our district values drive our work each day, and with ‘relationships first’ at the core, it’s a gift to get to focus on connecting with our Forney Family each day. It is my privilege to serve the students, staff and community as we strive to make Forney ISD the best place to learn, to teach and to work. ” 

Dr. Terry has more than 20 years of experience in public education.  He is currently in his 4th year as superintendent of Forney ISD, after previously serving as Assistant Superintendent of Accountability and Learning and the District’s Deputy Superintendent.  He has also served in Mildred, Little Elm and Wylie ISD’s as a Director, Principal, Assistant Principal, Math Teacher and Baseball Coach.

Dr. Terry received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Kinesiology from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, and he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Texas in Arlington. He earned his Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce, Texas. 

“Strong communication at the district level continues to be more important than ever in keeping school families, employees, students and community stakeholders well-informed and engaged,” said NSPRA Executive Director Barbara M. Hunter, APR. “We’re proud to recognize this year’s recipients, who are committed to championing innovative communication efforts as an integral part of their district’s success.”

Since the 2015-16 school year, NSPRA has recognized 102 school district leaders as Superintendents to Watch. Visit to learn more about this award and a complete list of this year’s honorees.