Michael Williams Elected Chairman of Texas Aspires’ Board

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Texas Aspires announced today that Michael Williams, a founding board member of Texas Aspires, has been elected to serve as the chairman of the board of directors. Williams replaced co-chairmen Jim Windham of Houston and Woody Hunt of El Paso. Both Windham and Hunt will remain on the board in non-executive capacities.

“Mr. Windham and Mr. Hunt’s leadership and direction in education policy for over a decade is most impressive and serves as a fantastic roadmap as we begin this new chapter,” said Williams. “Both men have an enduring vision for student success, and I am glad Texas Aspires is not losing their passion and expertise as we move forward.”

Williams, the first Black American to be elected to statewide executive office in Texas, served as commissioner of education under Governors Perry and Abbott and was succeeded by current commissioner, Mike Morath. His illustrious past is marked by many distinguished posts including an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to fill the role of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights. A proud graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, TX, Williams holds three degrees from the University of Southern California and currently serves as the first Distinguished Leader-in-Residence at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

“The staff of Texas Aspires couldn’t be more excited to work under the leadership of Commissioner Williams,” said Texas Aspires executive director, Courtney Boswell. “He shares an unfailing commitment to transformative change in public education with our previous co-chairs, which will make Texas Aspires’ next chapter even more exciting than the last.”

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