COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School District added a new administrator to its ranks Tuesday morning.

Six members of the district’s board of trustees unanimously named Catherine Ryan as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction at a special meeting. Trustee Mike Wilburn was absent from the meeting.

“(Ryan) has a track record of success and has demonstrated great leadership qualities,” said Joseph Burns, the district’s superintendent. “We are very excited to have her on board.”

Before being hired by Cove ISD, Ryan served as superintendent for the Fairfield Independent School since 2009. Ryan also served as superintendent of Rogers Independent School district for five years and has 10 years of experience as a principal in Rogers following five years as a classroom teacher.

“Having been a teacher, campus administrator and superintendent, (Ryan) brings a very broad perspective to the educational process,” Burns said. “In previous districts, (Ryan) has demonstrated she knows how to achieve success through the building of exceptional teams who are focused on student success.”

Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and all-level special education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, a master’s degree in education administration from Tarleton State University and a doctorate in public school leadership and education administration from Texas A&M University.

Ryan fills a new position in the Cove district. The position includes the basic instructional program, gifted and talented, Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, dual-credit, special needs, dyslexia, English as a Second Language, fine arts and physical education.

“There are a lot of pockets of excellence in CCISD,” said Ryan. “I want to work to capitalize on those strengths.” The district’s other deputy superintendent, former Copperas Cove High School Principal Rick Kirkpatrick, oversees Cove ISD’s operations, as opposed to academics, Burns said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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