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, after 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.