Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. serves as superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), the largest public school system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since joining the district in June 2012, Hite has worked to create a system of great schools in every neighborhood with a focus on quality and equity. Under his leadership, SDP has opened new innovative high schools; expanded successful school models; launched in-district turnaround efforts; and redesigned schools in partnership with communities. He is committed to strengthening all elementary and secondary school offerings.
Hite has experience at every level of the education system, including roles as teacher, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent. He was previously superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, where his central work focused on increasing access and rigor to ensure college- and career-readiness. Prince George’s 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. Hite also served as an assistant superintendent in Georgia’s Cobb County School District, and, as an administrator in Henrico County, Va., led Highland Springs High School to receive Best Practices honors from the state.
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 in a variety of initiatives and associations aimed at reforming K-12 education. Hite holds a bachelor’s in education from Virginia Tech, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in education, with a specialization in educational leadership, from Virginia Tech.