William T. Wright, Jr., Ed.D. was born in Flint, Michigan, but was raised in the Northern part of Nash County, North Carolina 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 School.
Wright spent just shy of two years in the Wake County NC Public School System before being selected to assume the principalship of Western Harnett High School in Lillington, NC in July of 2008.
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 was selected by the Hertford County Board of Education and sworn in as Superintendent 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 completed his doctoral dissertation under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Brinson, Jr. His dissertation title was “A Study of the African-American Male Superintendency in North Carolina: Barriers Within the Profession.”
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 26 years. He has two sons, both of whom are employed as educators in North Carolina Public Schools.
Dr. Wright is also a Minister of Music at Union Hill Baptist Church, Nashville, NC and he is an Ordained Deacon.