Dr. Freddie Williamson, Superintendent of Hoke County Schools and a Sampson County native, earned the 2016 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award.
“This represents the work and service of the Hoke County Schools family,” he said. “I am proud of the work we are doing to have our students college and career ready. I will continue to champion the cause of public education as the great equalizer for all students as I believe it to be.”
As the recipient of this award, Williamson received $5,000, which he will award to Hoke County seniors in the spring of 2016 in the form of five $1,000 scholarships in memory of his grandparents and his parents, Annie Elizabeth Rich Williamson Hull and Fulton Lee Williamson, Sr.
Williamson will compete at the national level for Superintendent of the Year at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education next February in Phoenix, Az.
“Dr. Williamson is known for, and continues to demonstrate, a remarkable passion for leadership and transformation in his district that makes him well deserving of this prestigious state award,” said Jack Hoke, executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association. Dr. Williamson received the recognition jointly from the N.C. School Superintendents Association, N.C. Association of School Administrators, and the N.C. School Boards Association.
In June, he was named the 2016 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year alongside seven others from across the state. Dr. Williamson has earned other accolades including the 2011 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year, Southeast Regional Principal of the Year, and the Wachovia Principal of the Year — twice. He has also led Hoke County to win awards such as the NC Innovator in Digital Learning award from Governor Perdue in 2012 and he has worked to increase the district’s graduation rate by 27.7 percent.
Williamson began his career in education more than 30 years ago and has served as Hoke County’s superintendent for the past nine years.