George McShan has lived in Harlingen for over 40 years and was employed 32 years at Texas State Technical College - Harlingen, the last 20 years as College Dean. He has served on the HCISD Board of Trustees since 1988. He has served in every officer position, including 6 different times as President. During his tenure, numerous honors have been bestowed on the board, including the recognition of Best Board in Texas 1993 and Superintendent of the Year 1993. In 1998-1999, he was elected President of the Texas Association of School Boards, its first African American, and in 2004, he was elected President of the National School Boards Association, only the second Texan to hold this position in its 66-year history.
In 2006, he was selected to receive the TASB Celebration of Leadership Award, which honors school board members who have made a significant contribution to their community. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Annual National Hispanic Caucus (Abrazo) Award for outstanding leadership, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime PTA Membership for Texas and the National PTA Association. Mr. McShan is certified as a Master School Board Trustee by TASB and is a registered provider by the Texas Education Agency for School Board/Superintendent training. Mr. McShan said he has been blessed to have the opportunity to serve in a great community that values and invests in public education. When he ran for the school board in 1988, his message was “Every Student Can Succeed”. Little did he know at the time that he would be in a position to be the nation’s advocate for all 47 million children who attend public schools. “The shaping of America’s future through our public education system will require collaborative initiatives that are more comprehensive in scope than ever before. There is no greater good, than the investment in Harlingen’s and America’s most precious and priceless resource - our children,” said McShan. “This is why I serve, and it is my vision and passion to see the dreams of all children become a reality in this global society.