Kate Rogers speaks at a Holdsworth Center leadership event at JW Marriott Hill Country.
Kate Rogers has stepped down as president of the Holdsworth Center. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report

The Holdsworth Center announced Tuesday that Lindsay Whorton will become the organization’s next president after Kate Rogers tendered her resignation. Whorton has served as vice president and dean since mid-2018.

The center was founded in 2017 by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt as a leadership training institute for public school district superintendents and other school administrators, including principals and other campus leaders, throughout Texas.

Whorton was a founding member of the Holdsworth Center and helped design the programming for the initial group of school districts following the center’s curriculum.

Rogers described Whorton as a “close friend” and “remarkable leader in the education space.”

“Lindsay’s vision and leadership have been critical as she worked closely with the organizing board two years before the center was open, helping to shape what the organization would become,” Holdsworth Center Board Chair Ruth Simmons said.

Newly announced President of the Holdsworth Center Lindsay Whorton
New Holdsworth Center president Lindsay Whorton

Rogers told the Rivard Report that she made her decision to step back to spend more time with her two teenage sons and to remain in San Antonio. The Holdsworth Center is constructing a campus in Austin that will be completed in 2020.

“It has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the Holdsworth Center through its inception and first two years of operation, beginning with the recruitment of an amazing board,” Rogers said. “With two teenage sons at home and the eventual prospect of the Holdsworth Center moving to its new headquarters in Austin, now under construction, I realized it was time to hand off the leadership baton to the next generation and return to my important work at the Charles Butt Foundation in San Antonio.”

Rogers was the center’s founding president. She will lead outreach and civic engagement with San Antonio public schools on behalf of the Charles Butt Foundation, a spokeswoman said.

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the Rivard Report.