Former Houston CIO Lenny Schad joins DA

Schad joins District Administration as chief information and innovation officer.
By: | February 12, 2019
Lenny Schad, one of the most prominent voices in K-12 technology leadership, is District Administration’s chief information and innovation officer and technology editor-at-large.Lenny Schad, one of the most prominent voices in K-12 technology leadership, is District Administration’s chief information and innovation officer and technology editor-at-large.

Lenny Schad, one of the most prominent voices in K12 technology leadership, has joined District Administration as chief information and innovation officer.

Schad was most recently CIO of Houston ISD, and previously served as CIO of Katy ISD in Texas.

“We are thrilled to add Lenny and his deep insight into the issues facing K12 technology leaders to our team,” says Robert Avossa, senior vice president of LRP Media Group (DA’s parent company) and publisher of District Administration. “His years of experience in K12 and IT will serve as a valuable asset to our audience.”

Schad will focus on developing a national academy for school district CIOs and a series of K12 CIO summits. He will also write about district technology leadership issues for District Administration, and serve as co-chair of the FETC program committee.

“I’ve always enjoyed the teaching, coaching and mentoring aspect of the CIO role,” says Schad. “I’ve spent 17 years bringing the power of technology to education at the district level, and now I have the opportunity to take that experience and reach a broader group of technology leaders.”

Student data privacy and cybersecurity headline the issues Schad wants to focus on, in addition to data interoperability and ecosystems. “The potential for those areas to have a big impact on education is exciting to me,” he says.

Schad has been in the technology sector for 28 years, spending time in hospitality, government, oil and gas, investment banking and education—including managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention. Schad moved to the school sector in 2003, and successfully led implementations of BYOD and 1-to-1 initiatives in both Katy and Houston.

Schad is the author of Bring Your Own Learning: Transform Instruction With Any Device, and serves as a board member for CoSN and IMS Global.