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Superintendent Williams Announces Retirement
Doug Williams' Legacy: Launching Sunnyvale ISD From Elite K-8 District to Premier Mid-Sized K-12 Powerhouse
After sixteen years at the helm of Sunnyvale ISD, Superintendent Doug Williams has announced his retirement.
Under Williams’ leadership, SISD has experienced the most significant changes in its history, including passing several elections and the construction of new campuses.
“I will be retiring from full-time duty as superintendent from Sunnyvale, but I consider this change to be a repurposing in my service to education and this community,” Williams said.
Williams joined Sunnyvale ISD in 2007, after the town narrowly passed a bond for Sunnyvale High School. After working to gain support among parents and other residents, Williams, the Board of Trustees and the administrative team unified the community. The team successfully passed three bond packages between 2007 and 2018. Williams managed the construction of three new campuses, athletic facilities, an agriculture studies barn and a much-needed, auditorium. He led the district to a successful Tax Ratification Election in 2019 and successful VATR-election this past November.
“Sunnyvale ISD — and the entire Town of Sunnyvale — are truly grateful for the leadership of Doug Williams,” SISD Board President Brad Cravens said. “Mr. Williams’ vision for Sunnyvale’s future launched our small, elite K-8 school district into the forefront of educational excellence in Texas in 2007. SISD is now one of the leading K-12th grade public school districts in the state. We will have a tough time finding a superintendent of Mr. Williams’ caliber to step into his shoes, but the Board will do a thorough job finding for his replacement.”
In addition to his commitment to Sunnyvale’s future, Williams also has an established reputation as an advocate for all Texas students. In the last several years, he has served as the Legislative Chair, Vice President and the President of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Mr. Williams has advocated for school finance reform and for local accountability for school districts. He was also named the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year for 2022.
"Doug is not only a stellar superintendent in Sunnyvale, but he is also a very influential champion for public schools throughout Texas," TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown said. "Selected by his peers, he has served as statewide president of TASA and as the TASA Legislative Committee Chair. He is highly respected by everyone who knows him, and his leadership will be missed. I am exceptionally proud of all he has accomplished, and to call him my friend."
However, it’s not the days in the office, in meetings or knocking on doors at the Capitol that have shaped Mr. Williams’ time as SISD’s superintendent. The core of Mr. Williams’ belief as an educator centers around doing what’s best for students and teachers.
"As an educator in Sunnyvale for 35 years, I have been blessed to have had strong and supportive leadership," high school teacher Becky Fisher said. "Doug Williams has been tireless in his resolve to support students, teachers and staff, and our community. He will be missed for his leadership and friendship. He is the epitome of our high school motto, Strive, Honor, Serve."
Mr. Williams will remain involved in Texas education during his retirement.
The Sunnyvale ISD Board of Trustees will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent in the coming weeks.
Link to Superintendent Williams’ Letter to the Sunnyvale ISD Community, Wednesday, January 11: https://www.smore.com/58f0z