Karen Rue, Ed.D., is retired as superintendent of Northwest ISD and also served as superintendent of Tuloso-Midway ISD. At a local and national level, Dr. Rue has been active in leading and creating a transformational shift in education, with a focus on preparing future-ready students, encouraging innovation and creativity, and developing more meaningful assessment and accountability measures. Dr. Rue was a founding member of the Public Education Visioning Institute and served as co-chair of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.

She was named a 2016 AASA Women in School Leadership Award Finalist, the 2014 Region XI Superintendent of the Year, selected to participate in Classroom Connectivity in Texas at the Governor’s Mansion and in the Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House, chosen as a finalist in the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, and named one of the nation’s Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education.

Dr. Rue served as President of both the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Urban Superintendents of America Association. She also served as Vice President for the Texas School Coalition and is a past president of the Fast Growth Schools Coalition and Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

Retiring in 2016 with 37 years in education — eleven as superintendent of Northwest ISD — Dr. Rue also served three years as superintendent of schools of Tuloso-Midway ISD and as Executive Director of Katy ISD where she received the U.S. Congressional Achievement Award for her dedication and service to the people of Katy ISD. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master's degree from Lamar University, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University.