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Doug Williams Named Region 10 Superintendent of the Year

Superintendent Doug Williams has been named the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Williams was surprised by the announcement at the annual Region 10 Superintendents’ Awards Banquet this evening (June 21).

“We are blessed to have the best Superintendent in Texas as our own, right here in Sunnyvale,“ SISD Board of Trustees President Brad Cravens said. “Mr. Williams deserves this honor not only for his excellent stewardship and management of Sunnyvale ISD, but for his advocacy for all Texas students.”

As the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, Mr. Williams represents over 130 school districts, charters and private schools in 10 North Texas counties.  880,000 students, 112,000 school staff  (of which 58,000 are teachers) are a part of the Region 10 service area. 

Mr. Williams has successfully led Sunnyvale ISD as its superintendent since 2007. During his tenure at Sunnyvale, Mr. Williams has stewarded the district through the most dynamic and significant changes in its history. 

At the start of his superintendency in 2007, SISD was home to 570 students in grades K-8 on two campuses. Through solid consensus-building and community relations, Mr. Williams and the Board of Trustees unified the Sunnyvale community and successfully passed three subsequent bond packages and a Tax Ratification Election. He then managed the construction of new campuses, athletic facilities and a competition-level auditorium. SISD is now home to over 2,100 students and four campuses.

Mr. Williams is a strong advocate for Texas public schools and the mission for transformation in education. He is committed to shifting the mindset in Texas public education from high-stakes testing to preparing students for their futures. As the President of the Texas Association of School Administrators (now the immediate past president) Mr. Williams has advocated for school finance reform and for local accountability for school districts. He is also a strong advocate for school safety.

The core of Mr. Williams’ belief as an educator centers around doing what’s best for students. He has built his administrative approach around this basic, yet vital philosophy. This guiding principle has directed all facets of Mr. Williams’ leadership - from his work with the Sunnyvale administrative team to the advocacy he performs in Austin for TASA to one-on-one conversations in parent meetings. By ensuring that the needs of students - in Sunnyvale or in Texas at large - come first, Mr. Williams leads with purpose.

“In any and all decisions, Mr. Williams always brings the focus back to our “why” - the students,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christi Morgan said. “His favorite days are those we spend engaging and getting feedback from our 3rd-12th grade student advisors, the ‘Supt Crew’.” 

He is among 20 regional finalists who will be interviewed by TASB’s state Superintendent of the Year committee. The committee will select five state finalists, and one TASB Superintendent of the Year. The district of the TASB Superintendent of the Year will receive a $5,000 award, which will be presented at the fall TASA/TASB Convention.

Since 1984, the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award program has honored outstanding administrators' achievement and excellence in public school administration. These school leaders exhibit exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance. They are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their districts, and commitment to public support and involvement in education.

Emily White, Director - Communications & Marketing