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With a focus on equity, innovation and quality, Dr. William R. Hite serves as Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, the largest public school system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Since joining the School District in June 2012, Dr. Hite has worked to create a system of great schools in every neighborhood. Under his leadership, the School District has opened new innovative high schools, expanded successful school models, launched in-district turnarounds and redesigned schools in partnership with communities. His overall focus remains on strengthening all elementary and secondary school offerings.
Dr. Hiteu2019s professional experience includes serving at every level u2013 teacher, principal, central office administrator and Superintendent. He was previously Superintendent of Prince Georgeu2019s County Public Schools in Maryland where his central work focused on enhanced access and rigor to ensure college- and career-readiness. Prince Georgeu2019s County schools, one of the 25 largest systems in the United States, received national recognition for expanding access to Advanced Placement courses during his tenure.
Dr. Hite also served as an Assistant Superintendent in Georgiau2019s Cobb County School District. In addition, as an administrator in Henrico County, Virginia, he led Highland Springs High School to u201cBest Practicesu201d honors from the stateu2019s General Assembly.
Dr. Hite has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Continuous Learning and taught school leadership courses at Virginia State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland. A member of numerous national, state, and local boards, he has participated with national agencies and associations to reform K-12 education.
Dr. Hite holds a bacheloru2019s degree in education from Virginia Tech, masteru2019s degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in education specializing in educational leadership from Virginia Tech. His interests include music, travel, sports and reading. He and his wife Deirdre have two daughters and a grandson.