TASA is pleased to announce that Doug Williams, who recently retired as superintendent of Sunnyvale ISD, will serve TASA members in Region 10 as a TASA executive superintendent starting September 1. TASA Executive Superintendent Karen Rue will continue to serve members in Region 11. The addition of Williams will allow for greater executive superintendent support to members in both Regions 10 and 11, which have some of the largest TASA memberships in the state.
TASA’s team of executive superintendents includes 11 highly regarded former superintendents who are experts on public school leadership. They serve as an extension of the TASA staff and are on hand to support TASA members in a variety of ways, with an emphasis on helping new superintendents navigate the role. As seasoned administrators, these superintendents are able to listen and provide support based on their own experiences.
“As we continue to build our TASA executive superintendent program, I am thrilled that Doug Williams will be joining us,” says Kevin Brown, TASA executive director. “He has been part of just about every major endeavor we have taken on in the past 15 years, whether that is through advocacy, professional learning, or member engagement and support. He is a leader among leaders, and it is a major plus for our members that he will continue to stay involved in our profession at this critical time.”
Williams began his career in education more than 30 years ago and has served as a teacher, assistant coach, athletic director, head football coach, and high school principal in a handful of Texas school districts. Sunnyvale ISD welcomed Williams as its superintendent in 2007.
During his 15 years at the helm of that district, Williams was a member of TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN) and TASA’s Texas Public Accountability Consortium (TPAC). TPAC’s mission is to restore agency to districts and campuses, and prove that educators who take an active role in their accountability can create rich systems that transcend any standardized system. Sunnyvale ISD was among the first districts in the state to adopt a Community-Based Accountability System.
Williams has also been a strong and vocal advocate on behalf of Texas public schools, serving as TASA’s Legislative Committee chair from 2017 to 2019. He served as TASA vice president in 2019-20, as president-elect in 2020-21, and as president in 2021-22.
A North Texas native, Williams graduated from high school in Wolfe City ISD and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from East Texas State University and his master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.