The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) has named James Colbert Jr., as the recipient of the association’s 2022 Key Communicator Award. The Key Communicator Award is the highest form of recognition that the association bestows upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the field of public-school communications. Mr. Colbert is Superintendent of the Harris County Department of Education.

Colbert is an educational leader with a passion for students and a strong background in collaboration, communication and child advocacy. He leads by example and shows how communications can pave a pathway to success for everyone.

A visionary and systems-oriented thinker, Mr. Colbert is skilled at implementing comprehensive plans that reflect the current and long-term needs of an organization and the community it serves. He is a champion for providing the best education for all children, and is also dedicated to building positive relationships with stakeholders and embracing civic and business community partnerships.

Colbert has 30 years of diverse educational experience spanning multiple states. During his tenure in the education field, he has been a special education teacher, coach, high school assistant principal and principal, operations director, area superintendent, assistant superintendent, superintendent and county superintendent.

Mr. Colbert is a Virginia native who attended the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He also holds a Master of Education in Administration from Texas State University. Colbert has been married to his wife, Angie, for almost 30 years and they have a son who recently graduated from LSU.

See list of previous recipients HERE.