Dr. Roosevelt Nivens - Superintendent


Dr. Roosevelt Nivens joined Lamar CISD as the Superintendent of Schools in 2021.

His public education career is centered around advocating and supporting the very best educational opportunities for all students. In fact, his mantra to "Speak Life" is modeled in how he treats all people with an emphasis not just on positivity—but also positive results.

"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement is a result of someone else’s support. As you move about your daily life, you may think that you don’t have the time or resources to get involved with other people and their issues, but it’s necessary. You cannot help everybody, but you can help somebody. You cannot do everything, but you can do something."
— Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Supt1Throughout his career, student safety, high academic achievement and student social-emotional wellbeing have been Dr. Nivens' priorities. He has a proven record of increasing student academic achievement and expanding Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and CTE professional certifications.

Dr. Nivens is a member of the Texas Association for School Administrators (TASA), serves as the Advocacy Committee Chair and in 2021 was appointed as a member of the TASA Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

In 2016, Dr. Nivens was asked by the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency to serve on the Texas Rural Schools Task Force. In 2017, he was selected as one of 25 superintendents from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama to receive an invitation to participate in the Thompson Executive Leadership Institute, which includes a scholarship to attend leadership development courses at the prestigious Columbia University.

Supt3Other honors include being named the 2019 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year and a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).  

Dr. Nivens began his 24-year career as a teacher in Dallas ISD, assistant principal and principal of Lancaster Junior High and Lancaster High School, and Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Organizational Management in Lancaster ISD. He previously served as the Superintendent of Schools for Community ISD.

Prior to his public education career, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and his Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Supt2Dr. Nivens was born and raised in Langston, Oklahoma to two lifetime educators. His father, Roosevelt Sr., was an educator for 46 years and his mother, Barbara, taught for 36 years. He and his wife, Karla, have two children, Naomi and Roosevelt III.

Dr. Nivens and his family are proud to call Lamar CISD home.

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