GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Genesee Intermediate School District Superintendent Lisa Hagel will retire at the end of June.
Hagel’s notice of retirement — effective June 30 — was accepted by the GISD Board of Education Tuesday, March 23.
The board voted to offer current Assistant Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff a contract to be Hagel’s successor, starting July 1. Both actions were unanimously approved by the board.
Hagel has served as the GISD Superintendent since September 1, 2010, a GISD news release states.
During her tenure, Hagel was tasked with leading improvements and expansion in the programming and services provided by the GISD, including early childhood, career technical education and early intervention services for children and families across Genesee County.
She is credited with expanding the impact and reach of the GISD beyond Genesee County, through her leadership in technology infrastructure and support, the release states. As a result, the GISD provides leadership and professional development for school technology across Michigan and Tennessee, and support of virtual learning across Michigan and Arkansas.
Hagel has also provided leadership in the creation of the Michigan Statewide Education Network which connects two-thirds of the schools in Michigan to one fiber-optic network, in order to drastically reducing internet connectivity costs for schools statewide, per the release.
“However, most notable is Dr. Hagel’s transformational leadership in improving the organizational culture of the GISD,” the release reads. “Through challenging times, Dr. Hagel has infused a culture of hope and possibilities throughout the organization that has positively impacted the level of service and support provided to students, families, and our entire community.”
Those efforts include the GISD Day of Giving, now in its fourth year, that uses private donations to provide acts of kindness to people across all of Genesee County. The annual event will continue this June.
Prior to her 11 years as the GISD’s sixth superintendent, Hagel served the Mt. Morris Consolidated School District for 22 years as a teacher, coach, elementary principal, high school principal, curriculum director, and superintendent.
She also served with Fenton Area Schools for two years as principal.
Hagel has served as President of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and chaired numerous boards, including the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Flint Cultural Center Corporation, The Whiting, Genesee Career Institute Advisory Board and the Michigan State Education Network, the release states.
She has received several awards, including the Justus Prentice Award for being named National ISD Superintendent of the Year in 2015.
Hagel was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015, was awarded the Michigan Association of School Nurses (MASN) Friend of Nursing Award in 2017, was honored by the Sloan Museum with the Outstanding Contributions in Education award in 2019 and was awarded a recognition by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators in 2020.
The GISD board expressed gratitude for Hagel’s time serving as superintendent, including Board of Education President Richard Hill.
“Dr. Hagel has provided extraordinary leadership to the GISD and our entire county,” Hill said. “Her dedication to GISD and the educators and children we serve is unmatched—she will be greatly missed.”
Hill also offered his support of Tunnicliff as Hagel’s replacement.
“We are very fortunate to have, in Dr. Tunnicliff, a leader who has been a successful local superintendent and has worked with Dr. Hagel over the last five years at the GISD,” Hill said. “We are confident that this plan will allow for a smooth transition in leadership at GISD.”
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