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NM School Superintendent Association announces Administrator of the Year


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Ricky Williams was elected for Superintendent of the Year for his outstanding leadership of the New Mexico Superintendents Association, serving all school districts in a fair way with integrity, showing high respect across the state and presenting with passion and facts to legislative committees on behalf of all school districts.

Ricky Williams

Williams is currently the Superintendent of Hagerman Municipal Schools; he has served the students, staff and community in Hagerman since July 2013, after serving the previous three years as Director of Secondary Instruction for Las Cruces Public Schools. Prior to working for Las Cruces Public Schools, the 27-year veteran held the following previous positions: principal, Loving High School, Director of Special Education, principal Carlsbad Middle and High Alternative Program, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, Director of Student Services New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, high school counselor, secondary gifted facilitator, and elementary special education teacher. Before moving to New Mexico in 1995, Williams worked for Odessa High School (Odessa, Texas) as a high school special education teacher and high school football coach.

Superintendent Williams holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas), a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from the University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX) and a Master of Science in School Administration from the College of Southwest (New Mexico). Ricky has completed post-master hours in administration and school psychology from New Mexico State University-Las Cruces.

Currently, Williams serves as past-president for the New Mexico School Superintendent’s Association (2017-2018). He was appointed to the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) Regional Advisory Board by Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera and approved by Gov. Martinez, to represent the state of New Mexico.

Williams’ public service goes beyond education. He dedicated eight and a half years as a police officer and County Attorney Investigator in Odessa, Texas, which provided lessons in leadership that he has applied to 27 years in public education service. Ricky is married to Clorinda, a career educator.

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As a superintendent, Williams is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategic plans for school turnaround efforts that lead to improved student academic achievement, which will ensure that every student is given the opportunity to succeed in college and a career of their choice. NMSSA congratulates Ricky Williams as their Administrator of the year.