Superintendent Williams Tapped to Lead Texas School Division

Loudoun County Public Superintendent Eric Williams looks set to leave Loudoun to serve as superintendent of the Clear Creek Independent School District near Houston, TX. The announcement was made Nov. 9

Williams has served as Loudoun’s school superintendent since 2014, following the retirement of Edgar Hatrick who held the post for 22 years. 

“Dr. Williams is a dedicated and passionate leader, and we will miss his service and advocacy for all students,” School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) said in a statement released by the school division. “He effectively promotes high quality teaching and learning while working to build an inclusive, safe learning environment with high expectations for all students. It has been my honor and privilege to serve on the Loudoun County School Board during Dr. Williams’ entire tenure as Superintendent.”

According to the announcement, Texas law requires the CCISD Board of Trustees to wait at least 21 days from making the sole finalist announcement to making the appointment official. No date has been announced for Williams to begin the position.

The search for a new Loudoun superintendent won’t begin until Williams’ appointment is finalized, the division stated. 

“Parents can have confidence that the entire LCPS team that they know and trust with their children’s education will remain focused on providing equitable, caring and engaging learning experiences for our students,” Sheridan stated.

In Texas, Williams is slated to replace another longtime superintendent, Greg Smith, who is set to retire at year’s end after 13 years in the post. Smith will serve as executive director of Texas’ Fast Growth School Coalition. 

Williams was selected from among a list of 80 initial candidates. 

While the Clear Creek Independent School District is about half the size of Loudoun’s, with 42,000 students, it also is serves one of the state’s fastest growing communities just south of Houston.

The School Board met in closed session Monday night to discuss the pending resignation and options to appoint an interim superintendent while the search for a replacement takes place.

19 thoughts on “Superintendent Williams Tapped to Lead Texas School Division

  • 2020-11-09 at 8:59 pm

    This is great news for LCPS, its students and teachers. Goodbye, Supt. Williams! Now let’s hope someone who isn’t a tyrant takes over for him.

  • 2020-11-09 at 10:19 pm

    Congratulations to the parents of LCPS students as it appears someone finally took notice of all your input over the last few years. I do believe the school board deserves some of that input especially as this year of actual issues obviously went quite unresolved. For me as a former 8 year school board member and lawyer who represented children who were greatly mistreated by LCPS this decision to leave is not surprising. Looking back I should have asked less questions of Dr. Hatrick and realized he wasn’t just leading the school system but he was the school system. Good luck Houston! Parents of LCPS students need to ask if it is even possible for this school board to do a competent job of finding a candidate who will actually care about every child and endeavor to educate them in an efficient manner no matter what inconsequential variables are floating around the tabloids? With a budget twice as large as we had with Dr. Hatrick it seems surreal that so little has been done for children and how much has been detracted from what they were receiving when this was touted the best school system in the USA. 🙂

  • 2020-11-10 at 9:14 am

    What does it say of the field of public school administration when they have 80 candidates and the best they can find is Williams? How could any school district look at his record of no accomplishment and complete lack of communication with and disengagement from the public and say, “yeah, that’s the guy we want?”

    Good riddance.

    • 2020-11-10 at 11:01 am

      Shhhhhh Mr. D! Williams is somebody else’s problem now. Don’t let those poor folks in Texas in on the mistake. Might change their mind.

      • 2020-11-11 at 2:52 pm

        You are so right, Chris. Now that I see they printed an article about TX defending their decision to hire Williams, I’m concerned they may reconsider.

        Everyone, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

        Eric Williams is the best Superintendent ever!!!!! Hire him now!! Get him before he is gone!!

    • 2020-11-11 at 4:28 pm

      Shh, don’t do anything to stop the process…Houston, you’re about to have a problem…

  • 2020-11-10 at 12:11 pm

    Finally realized he wasn’t qualified to head such a large school district. Good riddance.

  • 2020-11-10 at 12:50 pm

    Good riddance! Unfortunately, now we’ll have to deal with the devil we don’t know, with an incompetent schoolboard making the next selection. For the love of God, get our kids back in school!

  • 2020-11-10 at 1:40 pm

    Texas is about to find out how well LCPS “passes the trash.” Maybe now they’ll find someone who cares about ALL Loudoun students, not just the prize athletes and students admitted to Ivy League colleges…you know, the ones who bring good publicity to Loudoun. But I’m sure they’ll find another bureaucrat who mouths all the right things while doing nothing to help the other 95%.

  • 2020-11-10 at 6:01 pm

    So let me get this straight… while we are having the most challenging year, kids home, no sports, we all know the score… our fearless leader was job hunting?? He lost me at go with the snow day debacle right after he arrived. If I hear the term “community care” one more time, I will explode. Good riddance and Houston, you have a problem!

  • 2020-11-10 at 6:25 pm

    I am not sure if he was asked to leave but the school board should have had him leave a long time ago. Even still, this is very good news!

  • 2020-11-10 at 8:07 pm

    Hopefully the school board learned from their mistakes and will pick a better superintendent this time!!!! On another note, now is the time to implement school vouchers so parents have a voice in their children’s education.

    • 2020-11-11 at 2:53 pm

      I’ll add to the chorus. School vouchers YES!

  • 2020-11-10 at 11:28 pm

    I’m very pleased to see Eric Williams, Ed. D(unce) out of Loudoun. Frankly, I feel sorry for the good parents of Houston-area kids. This dolt is not going to do their children any good.

    I doubt the clown car crew comprising LCSB can be trusted to find a replacement worth a bucket of warm spit (in other words, an upgrade) to replace EWwww.

    I support the previous poster’s position on school vouchers. LCPS is broken, and can’t be repaired. School vouchers NOW!

  • 2020-11-11 at 11:29 am

    I commend the authors of all these posts!

    Back to school now-YES.

    If Houston parents read this thread, they will revoke Squeaky Williams offer in the 21 days.
    Should that happen, Loudoun would be wise to terminate his contract ASAP.

    I nominate Mr Morris to assume superintendent duties immediately. He is the ONLY board member with an ounce of common sense.

    @ Mr. Ohneiser, were you on the school board when Williams was selected to succeed Hatrick?

    Asking for a friend.

  • 2020-11-11 at 4:18 pm

    LCPS SB didn’t know what an incomparable superintendent they had in Dr. Hatrick. They gave him grief at ever turn and then brought in what they wanted – a figurehead “yes man”. Loudoun needs a strong superintendent who will lead .

  • 2020-11-14 at 6:22 pm

    I hope our school board does not accept someone else’s trash! Instead, I would be happy to see Bob O. step forward. He is outspoken, knowledgeable about the B.S., and values the law. How about Bob?

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