Brent Williams grew up in Mount Olive, North Carolina, and started with Lenoir County Public Schools in 1993 as an English teacher at North Lenoir High School. After eight years as a teacher, he worked as an assistant principal at Pink Hill Elementary and Rochelle Middle School.
In 2002, he became the Director of Testing and Accountability. He has held principalships at three LCPS schools. He returned to the LCPS central office from the role of principal of North Lenoir High School in July 2012.
Brent Williams is that rare school superintendent who has grown up professionally in the school district he has come to lead. He was named Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services for Lenoir County Public Schools after serving as LCPS’s Executive Director of Operations for three years. When his predecessor announced plans to retire in 2015, the Lenoir County Board of Education tapped Williams as interim superintendent effective after December 2015. The school board named him superintendent in 2016.
Past AASA North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2020 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year: Anthony Jackson
2019 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year: Patrick Miller
About the Superintendent of the Year:
As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.
About the Award:
The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
State level winners are selected on the following criteria:
- Leadership for Learning
- Community Involvement