Union County Board of Education names Superintendent

Monroe, NC—The Union County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Dr. Andrew Houlihan as the next Superintendent of Union County Public Schools. Dr. Houlihan was named at a special-called meeting July 26. His first official day will be Wednesday, Aug. 24.

“Union County Public Schools has had a long history and tradition of academic excellence and organizational success,” Houlihan said. “I am deeply honored to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools and will strive to continue such success for many years to come. Thank you to the members of the Board of Education for this opportunity to serve.  Our family is looking forward to joining the Union County community in the very near future.”

The Board of Education began its search process in March and invited UCPS employees and the public to participate in a survey to provide feedback on characteristics for a new leader of Union County Public Schools.

The board carefully reviewed applications and supporting documentation from a diverse field of 30 excellent candidates.  Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Houlihan’s leadership, experience and dedication to students would best serve the UCPS students, staff and community for years to come.  The board is confident that Dr. Houlihan will lead the district to even higher achievement.

“The Board of Education is very excited about the appointment of Dr. Houlihan as Superintendent of UCPS,” said Leslie Boyd, chair. He has the leadership skills, passion and energy to take our school district to the next level. “He will bring a Team Union attitude to our schools and community.”

Dr. Houlihan began his career in public education as an elementary school teacher in Wake County. He has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 15 years in North Carolina, New York, and most recently, Texas. Dr. Houlihan currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Houston Independent School District (HISD), where he has held several cabinet-level positions since 2013, including Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief School Support Officer and Chief School Officer for Major Projects.

As a key member of the superintendent’s administrative team, Dr. Houlihan has focused on increasing student performance and organizational effectiveness. He was responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the school system’s curriculum and professional development, school and leadership development, teacher and administrator recruitment and school improvement efforts.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Houlihan served as an elementary school principal (2010-2012) and School Support Officer (2012-2013) for HISD and held other administrative positions in the Austin Independent School District (2007-2010).

Dr. Houlihan has an impressive academic background. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elon University in North Carolina, which he attended as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.  He went on to obtain a master’s degree in organization and leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2006 and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.

Dr. Houlihan greatly looks forward to the opportunity to lead Union County Public Schools and become part of the community.  He and his wife, Shannon, as well as their two children, Hayden and Hadley, will be transitioning to Union County in the coming weeks.

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