Daniel P. King, Ph.D.
Education and Healthcare Advisor
Dr. Daniel P. King serves as an education and healthcare advisor to ERP. A long-time public school Superintendent, Dr. King was named state Superintendent of the Year in 2006 by the Texas Association of School Boards.
In 2019, Dr. King retired as Superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA). Under his leadership, PSJA made tremendous progress on some of the most significant challenges that face Texas and our nation. A border school district serving almost 32,000 students (99% Hispanic and 89% economically disadvantaged), Dr. King reduced the number of annual dropouts and increased the four-year graduation rate and overall high school completion rates to surpass state averages by significant margins. Under his leadership, PSJA became a state and national model for dropout prevention and recovery, inspiring state legislation (SB 975) and replication of its innovative initiatives across Texas and the nation.
Before serving as Superintendent of PSJA, Dr. King led Hidalgo ISD for eight years. Under his leadership, a district that had once been among the lowest performing in the State of Texas became the first Early College School District in the nation. In 2006, Hidalgo High School transitioned into an Early College High School for all students. This initiative acted as an accelerant to the already rapidly improving district. Hidalgo ISD had already seen a dramatic increase in student performance and was rated Exemplary or Recognized by TEA for 9 consecutive years. The dropout rate plummeted. The graduation rate climbed. College enrollment increase dramatically. In 2006, Hidalgo ISD (99% Hispanic, 93% economically disadvantaged) earned the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award as the most outstanding school district in Texas, and in 2007, U.S. News and World Report named Hidalgo High School the 11th best High School in the nation and #1 in Texas. In both Hidalgo and PSJA, Dr. King replaced outdated bilingual education models with a dual language or dual immersion program, with the goal of developing college ready bi-literacy.
Dr. King earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas. His undergraduate and Master's level work was completed at The University of Texas-Pan American.