Dr. Michael McFarland is the superintendent of schools of Crowley ISD, where he serves more than 15,000 students across 23 campuses. Previously, he was the superintendent of Lancaster ISD from 2010 to 2017.
In his former position, he led the transformation of Lancaster ISD from a historically underperforming district to a nationally recognized, award-winning school district. Under his leadership, the district and school board received national recognition as the 2018 HEB Excellence in Education winner, the 2017 Urban School Board Excellence winner, the School Board of the Year winner from National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Texas Outstanding School Board winner from the Texas Association of School Administrators. Persistent achievement gaps closed and student performance consistently improved under his leadership.
Dr. McFarland has been recognized at the state and national level for his outstanding leadership as a school superintendent. He was selected as the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year from Texas in 2015, and he was honored as the National Alliance for Black School Educators Superintendent of the Year in 2014.
Dr. McFarland began his career in Tyler ISD as an algebra, accounting, and computer science teacher. Originally from Jasper, Texas, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business education from Baylor University, a Master of Education in educational administration and superintendent certification from Stephen F. Austin University, and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration from Baylor.
He is married to Cynthia McFarland and has two daughters, Kharis and Michiah, and two sons, Tyler and Jarrett.