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TASA leadership is pleased to announce that Past President (2020-21) Brian T. Woods, Ed.D., will join the full-time TASA staff as Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy, July 1. Woods is retiring from Northside ISD this spring after 31 years with the district, the last 11 as superintendent.

Woods is well-known in the education community and at the Capitol for his advocacy efforts on behalf of Texas public schools and students. This winter, he was recognized for his great work by being named the 2022 Golden Deeds for Education Award recipient.

In this new role with TASA, Woods’ work will focus on the community level, developing coalitions of school, business, and civic leaders, and parents who support public education. His leadership in advocacy will center on local efforts, while our Governmental Relations team will continue to work at the Capitol under the leadership of Amy Beneski, Deputy Executive Director, Governmental Relations.

Woods was the 2018 Texas Superintendent of the Year and one of four finalists for 2019 National Superintendent of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished educational leader joining our ranks at TASA,” says TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown. “Dr. Woods has been a public education champion at every level he has served. As one of the top superintendents in the nation, he understands how important it is to make connections locally to enhance support for local schools. He is uniquely positioned to do this important work on behalf of all TASA members and the 5.4 million children they serve.”

Read Woods’ “farewell” editorial in the San Antonio Express-News.