Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Phone: 972-843-8400


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.D Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University - Commerce

Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Dr. Roosevelt Nivens was born and raised in Langston, Oklahoma. Education comes naturally to Dr. Nivens; his dad, Roosevelt Sr., was an educator for 46 years and his mom, Barbara, was a teacher for 36 years. In 1990, Roosevelt majored in Education while attending Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, on a football scholarship. He later graduated from college in 1995 and realized his life-long dream of playing professional football. However, his football career was quickly halted due to an injury and he found himself executing his “back-up plan”, using his degree in education. In 1996 he began his teaching and coaching career with Dallas Independent School District and later, in 2001, he found his way to the principalship with Lancaster Independent School District. He has served as Assistant Principal at Lancaster Jr. High and Lancaster High School. He later moved, in 2005, to become Principal at Lancaster Middle School. His last campus position was Principal of Lancaster High School for four years. In 2011, Dr. Nivens transitioned into central office leadership position as Executive Director of Secondary Schools and he later became the Assistant Superintendent in Lancaster ISD. On July 28, 2015, he was appointed to be Superintendent of Community ISD.

Dr. Nivens and his wife, Karla, have two children attending CISD: Naomi (Class of 2020) and Roosevelt III (Class of 2022).


It's an Exciting Time in the Brave Nation

  • We are a GROWING family and we will continue to grow as more houses are built and roads expanded in our area. You may have heard me say our goal is to become a destination district. We want Community ISD to be a district that stands out on the map as a place where families want to move and teachers want to work. What makes this District and our four communities that kind of special place is the passionate and caring people who are here for one purpose: your child.

    We do not take for granted that the parents of over 2,600 young people are putting their trust in us each and everyday with their most prized possession. We take that responsibility to heart and work everyday to ensure that we are trustworthy as educators, neighbors and stewards of your tax dollars. We strive to be transparent in all that we do and encourage your participation and feedback throughout your child's time in Community ISD. We are committed to providing EVERY child with the environment and tools he or she needs to be successful. It is our sole purpose to inspire students, staff and the community to believe, lead, unite and excel.

    - Dr. Roosevelt Nivens, CISD Superintendent