Leander ISD names new area superintendent


Starting May 1, Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury, a 17-year veteran educator, will lead as an area superintendent for Leander ISD.

Arterbury has served as executive director of college and career pathways at LISD since July of 2016. Prior to that, she was principal of Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD, where she managed a campus of 2,700 students, 250 staff members and an annual budget of more than $350,000. She taught and was an assistant principal at Stony Point High School and 9th Grade Center in Round Rock for eight years until 2012.

“My longterm goal is to be a superintendent,” Arterbury said. “There is a plan for everything and this is part of my plan.”

Arterbury will become one of three area superintendents leading the district’s 41 schools and more than 38,000 students, replacing retiring area superintendent Eric Haug. 

“Dr. Arterbury is a tremendous educational leader with a proven record of achievement,” Superintendent Dan Troxell said. “Her leadership will help us continue Leander ISD’s daily focus on student success.”

The department Arterbury is currently serving in was actually just formed last year.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I love my team and I think we’re doing great work.”

Arterbury holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University, a master’s in educational administration from Texas State University and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Texas at Austin.

“The schools here are amazingly student-focused,” Arterbury said. “I love the culture in Leander.”

She looks forward to meeting with campus leaders to discuss the goals of the board.

“I want to be able to build systems that continue to maintain the level of excellence that LISD has,” Arterbury said. “I live in the school district, I love the school district and it’s an honor to serve it.”