Hays school board chooses Eric Wright as next district leader

Nov 16, 2017
Eric Wright has been named the lone finalist for the Hays school district superintendent.

The Hays school board has tapped Fredricksburg’s Superintendent Eric Wright to lead the district.

Hays trustees on Wednesday night named Wright lone finalist over the 19,860-student district. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer him a contract.

“This is a dynamic time for our district and we have found a leader to match the excitement and challenges we face,” said board President Merideth Keller. “Dr. Wright is the right person to lead our schools as we continue to grow in student population, expand the educational opportunities for our students, and maintain our strong sense of community and family. He will be able to help us thrive as we grow, while keeping us grounded in the core values that have made our school district a special place to live.”

Wright replaces Michael McKie, who resigned abruptly in May with two years left on his contract.

Trustees narrowed the candidate pool of 34 down to six semi-finalists, then last week winnowed the list to two before making their selection Wednesday. The board spent about 20 minutes in executive session before naming their top pick.

Wright has spent 29 years in education, starting his career in 1989 as a teacher and coach. Prior to taking the helm in Fredericksburg, he served from 2006 to 2014 as superintendent of the Huntington school district.

“My strength has been in my ability to solve problems and to accomplish the goals set forth by my communities and boards,” Wright said in his letter of intent to apply for the Hays superintendent position. “I welcome the opportunity to continue the excellence and lead the district forward.”

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in education, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in educational leadership — and his superintendent certification — all from Stephen F. Austin State University.