McKINNEY (Dec. 17, 2014) — The new year brings a new face to a top McKinney ISD administrative position. The district has hired Tamira Griffin as its new assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer. Griffin is a top-notch administrator who has spent the last 14 years as chief human resources officer for Plano ISD. The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved the decision to bring Griffin aboard at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The hiring of Griffin follows the departure of previous MISD Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. J. Davis who retired this month. When Griffin assumes her duties on Jan. 20, 2015, she will head up a team of 13 HR professionals that supports 2,677 regular employees, 446 substitutes and approximately 24,500 students.

“Our goal is to hire the most talented teachers and staff possible to support student success,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “In order to do this we felt it was essential that we consider the most talented human resource professionals from across the state. We interviewed an exceptional group of candidates, but Tamira Griffin possessed the unique skill set and personality that we were seeking. We feel she is a perfect fit for the type of culture we are building in McKinney ISD and is focused on supporting our principals and campuses to ensure we attract the best educators possible.”

Griffin began her career in the private sector with Texas Instruments in 1979 and later served as human resources manager for the City of Plano from 1993 – 1999. She served for one year as human resources director for Claim Services Resource Group before moving into the public education setting with Plano ISD in 2000 as their chief human resources officer. In Plano, Griffin headed up a large human resources department providing a broad range of support and services to about 7,000 full-time employees in over 70 locations.

Griffin holds a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas. She also holds a national lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has served as an instructor for certification preparation classes for HR professionals at the University of Dallas. Past accomplishments include an appointment to serve on the national committee for the Society for Human Resources Management, and she has served in all board positions, including president, of the Dallas Human Resources Management Association, Inc. Griffin is sought out annually to present at the Texas Association of School Boards HR Academy for human resources personnel from across Texas.

Now, she brings that wealth of expertise to McKinney. “I’m certainly delighted to be part of the McKinney ISD family,” said Griffin. “In particular, I’m excited about working with Dr. McDaniel’s team to help achieve his vision for the district, and I’m also looking forward to getting to know the employees and building strong relationships with the campus administrators.”

The move to McKinney is something that has been on Griffin’s horizon for some time. “McKinney is obviously the #1 Place to Live, and my husband and I have long planned to eventually move to McKinney after my daughter’s graduation from high school.

“I am just looking forward to serving on the Superintendent’s Cabinet and helping achieve his and the board’s mission for the district. We want to continue McKinney ISD’s excellent reputation. We want to recruit and retain great employees, and going forward, I plan to continue those things that are working and work with the rest of the team to identify areas that we might be able to make even better,” Griffin said.

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About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at