William T. Wright, Jr., Ed. D was born in Flint, Michigan, but primarily was raised in the Northern part of Nash County, NC in a community named Swift Creek where both of his parents were raised as children. Dr. Wright is a 1983 graduate of Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount, NC and at the time of his graduation, was the youngest graduate in the school’s history at 16 years of age.
After several years of working as a radio broadcaster and a manufacturing manager, Dr. Wright finally started his career as a teacher at Edwards Junior High School in Rocky Mount, NC in 1998. Six years later he assumed his first principalship at South Edgecombe Middle School in Pinetops, NC where he served for three years. Wright holds the distinction of being the first African-American principal of South Edgecombe Middle.
Wright also served as the principal of Western Harnett High School in Lillington, NC for three years.
Wright was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services for Harnett County Schools in July of 2011. He was unanimously selected to his first Superintendency in McCormick County SC in July of 2013. Dr. Wright returned to his home state after being selected and sworn in as Superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools on December 1, 2015.
Dr. Wright has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC which he received in 1998. He also holds a Master of School Administration degree from North Carolina State University which he received in 2004. On December 17, 2011 Dr. Wright received his Doctor of Education degree from NC State University.
Dr. Wright is married to Mary Barnes Wright, also of Nash County and a high school classmate of his (although they didn’t date in high school). They’ve been married for 29 years. He has two sons, William III, who works with Chowan University, and M. Deonte’, who is a public school educator.
Dr. Wright currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance, a conglomerate of 18 school districts in Northeastern North Carolina. He is also the President of the Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium.
Dr. Wright is a musician at Union Hill Baptist Church, Nashville, NC and he is an Ordained Deacon.