James Colbert, Jr., is superintendent for Harris County Department of Education.
Before joining HCDE, Colbert served as superintendent of West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District in Orange, Texas. Colbert also worked as assistant superintendent at Hamilton County Department of Education in Tennessee, where he supervised 72 campuses and was responsible for 42,000 students.
Colbert began his career in education at Pflugerville Independent School District in central Texas as a special education teacher and assistant high school principal. Later he led a 4-A high school in the Dallas Independent School District. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Colbert attended urban schools and earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in administration from Texas State University.
Colbert and his wife Angie, who is also an educator, have a teenage son, Isom.