Harlingen Superintendent Arturo Cavazos has been named the 2017 Regional Superintendent of the Year.

Region Once Education Service Center said it selected Cavazos because he is credited with “completely changing the landscape of education and services provided to students.”

Cavazos has been superintendent for four years and overseas a district with 18,800 students.

Region ONe ESC says he is credited with initiatives including a full-scale K-12 Robotics Program, chess teams throughout the school district including a state champion elementary chess team, a district-wide pre-school reading initiative, and a restructuring of the college counseling program resulting in a 100% rate of high school students applying to college or the military.

“Dr. Cavazos is a model educational leader who is worthy of this recognition and will represent our region well,” says Region One ESC Executive Director, Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez.

He will go on to represent the region in the statewide Superintendent of the Year program in October.