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HBJ Names Dr. McGown as Most Admired CEO

HBJ Names Dr. McGown as Most Admired CEO
Justin Elbert

KLEIN, TX — In a testament to her steadfast leadership and unwavering dedication to public education, Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal (HBJ) as a Most Admired CEO for 2023.

Of the 49 CEOs chosen from various industries, Dr. McGown is the only honoree from K-12 public education.

“This recognition is not just about me. It is a reflection of the incredible team and school community here in Klein ISD, and our collective commitment to the education and development of our students,” said Dr. McGown.

HBJ’s Most Admired CEO honorees represent the pinnacle of professional achievement in the greater Houston area. This prestigious accolade echoes Dr. McGown’s extraordinary track record in leadership. She has successfully established her entire career in Klein ISD, from classroom teacher to superintendent, always remaining at the forefront of innovative, student-focused educational initiatives.

During her tenure, Klein ISD has strengthened its tradition of excellence with state and national-level recognition in academics, the arts, and athletics under her leadership. Dr. McGown’s innovative vision also led to the creation of unique pathways for students to earn advanced degrees and industry-level certifications before high school graduation, including the Advanced Nursing Pathway, Geospatial Engineering and Land Surveying Pathway, and the Honors College.

“Dr. McGown’s leadership, innovation, and dedication to student success sets her apart,” said Klein ISD parent and School Board President Rob Ellis. “She embodies what it means to be an admired leader — someone who leads with vision and excellence for our children.”

In addition to her work as Superintendent, Dr. McGown also serves on numerous educational and community boards, continuing her commitment to serving the community and making a positive difference beyond the school gates.

“I am grateful to share this honor with the entire Klein ISD Family, and I’m excited about what we’ll continue to achieve working together for our Klein kids and community,” Dr. McGown added.


About Dr. Jenny McGown

Dr. McGown is an accomplished educational leader who has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the field, including being named the Region IV Superintendent of the Year and a state finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year (2022). She serves on various boards, including the LEARN Superintendent Advisory Board, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Board, Klein Education Foundation, and the Northwest Assistance Ministries Board. Dr. McGown is an alumna of Texas A&M University and resides in the Klein community with her husband and their two children.

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