Retired Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy M. Sconzo remembered as inspiring leader

We are deeply saddened about this great loss. The family requests privacy at this time. They are planning to hold a Celebration of Life when permitted. Sympathy cards may be mailed to The Sconzo Family, c/o The Humble ISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 2105, Humble, TX 77347-2105.  


Dr. Guy M. Sconzo Retired Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy M. Sconzo remembered as inspiring leader 

Dr. Guy M. Sconzo, who served as Humble ISD Superintendent of Schools from 2001 to 2016, passed away while surrounded by beloved family on Tuesday, April 21, following a battle with cancer.

Dr. Sconzo worked in education for four decades, serving students in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. His career included 26 years as a Superintendent, including 15 years in Texas serving Humble ISD. Since retiring from Humble ISD, he served as Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition. 

Dr. Sconzo advocated for the needs of all Texas school children, and was chosen to provide key testimony during historic statewide school finance trials in support of public school funding. He also was a community leader, serving on the Boards of the Flaming Arrow District of the Boy Scouts of America, Humble Area Assistance Ministries, Humble Intercontinental Rotary, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Houston Family YMCA, Lone Star College Chancellor’s Executive Advisory Council, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, and University of Houston Impact Council. Because it benefitted children, Dr. Sconzo was even willing to disco and tap dance on stage for Lake Houston Family YMCA Dancing for Partners.  After Hurricane Harvey, he was asked to help lead Recover Lake Houston to repair and protect communities from flooding. 

Dr. Sconzo connected personally with those around him and had a special talent for remembering names – even though he interacted with thousands of students and staff members. As superintendent, he mailed handwritten notes to acknowledge significant events in people’s lives and hosted charity dinner parties in his home.  He celebrated his Italian heritage and was a fan of Texas A&M football because his children were Aggies. 

Guy was born in 1952 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Staten Island’s Wagner College and played college baseball. A dynamic English professor showed Guy he could impact many people’s lives by becoming an educator. Guy earned his bachelor’s degree at Wagner College, his master’s degree at NYU, and his Ph.D. in Education Administration, Curriculum and Finance at The Ohio State University. 

In Humble ISD, he led the district through a 60 percent student enrollment increase and the opening of 14 schools. In 2007, he was named Texas State Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators. In 2013, he was selected as Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and was among five finalists for State Superintendent of the Year. Under Dr. Sconzo’s leadership, Humble ISD was named the Best Large District in Texas in the 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. 

Survivors include his wife, Diane, of Kingwood; son Michael and daughter-in-law Paige, granddaughter Milana of Austin; daughter Jennifer and son-in law Jean-Pierre Breaux, grandsons Noah, Benjamin, and granddaughter Isabelle, of Indianapolis; and mother-in-law Josephine Greico of Staten Island, New York. 

Upon Dr. Sconzo's retirement from Humble ISD, an endowed fund was set up in his honor to support teachers in implementing creative learning projects in their classrooms. To give, visit https://www.humbleisdfoundation.org/DrGuySconzo.asp.

TRIBUTES:

Guy was the heart of the Humble ISD Family. He never met a stranger and helped every person he met. Guy was the epitome of relationships first. He knew everyone by name. - Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD Superintendent

He helped make Humble ISD one of the premier districts in the state. I remember him coming to my school when I was a principal. He was known for wearing special neck ties that often featured children’s artwork. He would read to our students, and the students and teachers loved visiting with him. Later when I was elected to the School Board, I had the good fortune to work with him on the Fast Growth Initiative for schools. He worked tirelessly to help the Humble area. My heart goes out to Diane and his family. They were blessed with a truly special husband, father and grandfather. - Nancy Morrision, Humble ISD Board of Trustees President

Dr. Sconzo was the best of all of us. He was the best of this community. He will be greatly missed. - Jenna Armstrong, President/CEO, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce

Guy was a mentor to many TSA members and a great friend to all of us. At his retirement reception in Humble ISD in 2016, he reflected on Dr. Suess saying, “I’m not sad that it’s over, I’m happy that it happened.” All of us who knew him are happy that Guy was part of the Texas School Alliance. He was a good school man.
- Dr. Curtis Culwell, Texas School Alliance Executive Director

Guy was a fierce champion for children and a fearless leader who dedicated his life to public education for more than 40 years. His legacy of service to schools and the children we serve will live on in the training he provided to dozens of board members through the years. We will surely miss the gentle force of his character discussing how to serve our communities with integrity and heart, always keeping an eye on doing what is right for children. The value he brought to our trainings through his collaborative style of leadership was tremendous. - James Colbert, Jr., Harris County Department of Education Superintendent

I know you join me in sending your prayers and condolences to his wife, Diane, to his family, and to the many who called him friend. - Pam Wells, Ed.D., Region 4 Education Service Center Executive Director

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RETIREMENT VIDEO TRIBUTE, June 15, 2016: