Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Phone: 972-843-8400


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.D Educational Leadership Texas A&M University - Commerce (2015)

Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Dr. Roosevelt Nivens was appointed to serve as the 11th Superintendent of Schools for Community Independent School District on July 28, 2015. The Langston, Oklahoma, native is the son of two life-long educators, Roosevelt Sr. and Barbara Nivens, who combined to serve almost 90 years in public education.

Community ISD has experienced a renaissance under the leadership of Dr. Nivens and the award-winning school board of trustees. The school district has improved from a C rating to an A rating in the Texas Education Agency (TEA)’s accountability program, has increased enrollment by over 800 students, and has seen the addition of a state-of-the-art Community High School, a renovation of Leland Edge Middle School, an addition to NeSmith Elementary School, renovations to athletic facilities, the construction of a professional development center, and the planned addition of a third elementary school in Josephine, Texas.

Notoriety and acclimation has accompanied the unprecedented growth that Dr. Nivens and the school board have brought to the district. As a Team of Eight, Dr. Nivens and the school board have been named a 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Top 5 Outstanding School Board, a 2018 Texas Association of School Administrators Top 5 Honor Board, a 2018 Region 10 Education Service Center Honor Board, and a 2018 Texas Rural Education Association School Board of the Year. Individually, Dr. Nivens was appointed to the TEA Commissioner’s Cabinet in 2020, and has been named the 2020 Lavon Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, the 2019 NASBE Superintendent of the Year, the 2019 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, a 2019 TASB Superintendent of the Year Semi-Finalist, and a 2018 NSPRA Superintendent to Watch. Nivens has also served as a member of the Liberty University Committee for Racial Diversity, as a member of the Texas Rural Schools Task Force, as the 2020 Chair of TASA Subcommittee on Engaging School Boards on Race, Equity, and Diversity, and as the 2020 Closing Speaker of the TASA Aspiring Superintendent Academy.

Prior to his time at Community ISD, Dr. Nivens served in Lancaster ISD for 15 years. He began his career in Lancaster as an Assistant Principal at Lancaster Jr. High, then transitioned to an Assistant Principal role at Lancaster High School. In 2005, Nivens became the Principal at Lancaster Middle School. His last campus position was Principal of Lancaster High School where he served from 2007 - 2011, leading a school turnaround that resulted in LHS becoming the 2nd most improved high school in North Texas. In 2011, Dr. Nivens accepted a central office leadership position with Lancaster ISD as the Executive Director of Secondary Schools. During the four years prior to coming to Community ISD, Dr. Nivens served as the Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Organizational Management for Lancaster ISD.

Dr. Nivens’ career in education began in 1996 as a teacher and coach with Dallas Independent School District. He served there for five years before moving to Lancaster ISD.

In 1990, Dr. Nivens majored in Education while attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on a football scholarship. He graduated from Liberty in 1995 and quickly realized his life-long dream of playing professional football, but his football career was halted due to an injury and he found himself executing his “back-up” plan, using his degree in education.

Dr. Nivens earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) from Texas A&M Commerce in 2015. He has also trained at the Harvard Executive Leadership Institute, the Harrison Williams Collins Executive Leadership Institute, and the Thompson Executive Leadership Institute. He and his wife, Karla, have two children, Naomi and Roosevelt III. Naomi is a proud Class of 2020 alum of the school district, and Roosevelt III is a member of the 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