Huntington ISD leader chosen to head district

By Richard Zowie —

Following a search to replace retiring superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson, the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees has named as the finalist a man who describes himself as a “servant leader.”

Dr. Eric Wright, who has served as the superintendent of Huntington ISD in the Texas Timber Country since 2006, has been chosen as the lone finalist for the Fredericksburg job.

At one time, more than 60 candidates had applied for the FISD position to replace Williamson, who had served since 1998.

“I think of myself as very student and employee oriented,” Wright said. “It’s important to bring out the positive attributes in students and employees and put them into positions to be successful.”

Prior to his position with Huntington, a Class 3A school of 1,800 students, Wright also had spent two years as superintendent of Woodville ISD.

Wright’s other school administration experience includes three years as assistant superintendent at Huntington, a year as Huntington High School principal and three years as Huntington Elementary School principal. He also was an assistant principal in the Lufkin ISD for one year.

For about eight years, Wright also worked as a teacher and coach for various schools in Texas, mostly as a history teacher. Following work as a graduate assistant at Stephen F. Austin State University, he then went on to teach at schools in the Dallas, Houston and east Texas areas.

Wright cited a desire to be closer to his daughters and wife’s family as a reason for applying for the Fredericksburg position. His oldest daughter attends Texas State University, while his youngest has signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of Texas. His wife, Ruth, is also from Helotes.

“I used to hunt near Fredericksburg with my grandfather for many years, and the area is gorgeous,” Wright added. “I also wanted to relocate and find a district closer to my daughters and to my wife’s family.”

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