Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. was named superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) on April 3, 2009, by the Prince George’s County Board of Education, after serving as interim superintendent since December 1, 2008.
In June 2006, Dr. Hite was hired as deputy superintendent of PGCPS, Maryland’s second largest school system and the 18th largest system in the nation. During his tenure, he focused on student access and educational equity to ensure that all students graduate college-and work-ready. This work continues at a rapid pace and without interruption.
Among his many leadership responsibilities, Dr. Hite has led major efforts resulting in increased student achievement, significant improvements in teaching and learning, and school improvement status. This included work on the Intensive Support and Intervention Schools (ISIS) that provided significant support to schools most in need based on student and school performance indicators, as well as work in partnership with the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, which focused on improving the capacity of teachers and administrators to strengthen the teaching and learning process. Most recently, he oversaw a major reorganization of the district’s regions into zones to reduce cost and provide greater support to schools. He developed systems that measure central leadership effectiveness against student and school performance. Prince George’s County Public Schools has been recognized nationally during Dr. Hite’s tenure.
Previously, Dr. Hite was an assistant superintendent in Georgia’s Cobb County School District where he provided support for the 103,000 students enrolled and supervised elementary, middle, and high school principals. He has also served as a director of middle school instruction and as middle and high school principal in Henrico County, Virginia. During his time as the high school principal of Highland Springs, the Virginia General Assembly acknowledged the school as a “Best Practice” center. Dr. Hite has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Continuous Learning and has taught school leadership courses at Virginia State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland. He is a member of numerous national, state, and local boards and has participated with national agencies and associations to reform K-12 education.
Dr. Hite received a bachelor of science degree in education from Virginia Tech and a master of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. He earned an education doctorate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Hite enjoys music, travel, sports, and reading. He and his wife Deirdre, a human resource director at Georgetown University, have two daughters.