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 served as Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services for Harnett County Schools for two years. He also served as Superintendent of McCormick County Schools in South Carolina for 2-1/2 years. Dr. Wright returned to his home state after being selected and sworn in as Superintendent of Hertford County Schools in 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 31 years. He has two sons, William III, who works with Shaw University, and M. Deonte’ who is a 2nd grade teacher in an NC public school.
Dr. Wright is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and has been so since 1985.
Dr. Wright was selected as the Superintendent of the Year for the 2020-2021 School Year by Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance, a conglomerate of 18 school districts in Northeastern North Carolina. He is the treasurer of the Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium. He also serves on the UNC World View Council of Advisors. Additionally, Dr. Wright serves as a part-time Adjunct Professor at Chowan University in the Teacher Education department.
Dr. Wright is a musician at Union Hill Baptist Church, Nashville, NC and he is an Ordained Deacon.