SAN ANTONIO -

Medina Valley Independent School District superintendent James Stansberry has been named the Region 20 Superintendent of the Year.
The announcement came Tuesday in an email from Region 20 Service Center director Ronnie Beard.
"Congratulations on this prestigious accomplishment,” Beard wrote. “The Service Center is extremely proud of you and your accomplishment and want to offer, not only our congratulations, but our support. We feel honored and blessed for the high quality of superintendents we are so fortunate to serve."
Stansberry competed against the leaders of 51 school districts across 17 counties for the title. Candidates were chosen based on their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education.
"While I am extremely humbled and grateful for this accolade, the real praise goes to the students, staff, Board of Trustees and community of Medina Valley," Stansberry said. "Without a doubt, we have the best staff and students in the State of Texas and a Board that supports our decisions, vision and leadership."
Stansberry started his career as a teacher in the Huntington ISD, and went on to serve as superintendent for Dawson ISD and George West ISD before becoming the superintendent of schools for Medina Valley ISD in May of 2007.
A state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on Aug. 23 and 24 in order to select five state finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year. The winner will be announced Sept. 28 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas.