The longtime head of the Dallas school is retiring at the end of this year after 16 years in charge of Sunnyvale’s ISD.
Doug Williams, who has also campaigned for Texas public schools and students in the Legislature, announced his resignation on Wednesday. County officials have not specified when he will retire. He is the latest of many local school leaders to leave the top job last year.
“I consider this change a new assignment in my service to education and this community,” Williams said in a letter to community members.
According to Sunnyvale officials in a press release, Williams has been a driving force in bringing the community together.
Under his leadership, enrollment in the district more than quadrupled from kindergarten to high school to the addition of a high school.
Williams helped the district pass three bond packages and expanded with the construction of three campuses, sports facilities, an agricultural research barn and an auditorium — “the most significant change in its history,” the release said.
High school teacher Becky Fisher said in a statement that Williams was “relentless in his determination to support students, teachers and staff, and our community.”
Williams’ vision for the future of Sunnyvale has turned a small “upmarket” neighborhood into one of the state’s premier education systems, board president Brad Cravens said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Williams worked with schools across the state as educators pushed for reform of school funding and local accountability in districts. He has also held several leadership positions with the Texas School Administrators Association, including as president.
“Doug is not only an outstanding leader in Sunnyvale, but also a very powerful advocate for Texas public schools,” said TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown. “He is highly respected by all who know him and we will miss his leadership.”
Last year, he was named Region 10 Superintendent of the Year.
The Sunnyvale trustees will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent in the coming weeks.
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