Sampson native earns distinguished honor

Pictured left to right are, Nick Sojka, Della Maynor, Irish Pickett, Rosa McAllister-McRae, Dr. Freddie Williamson, Hank Richards, Barbara Buie and Jim Simeon.

Dr. Freddie Williamson, Superintendent of Hoke County Schools, has been named the 2016 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Freddie Williamson was born to Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Rich Williamson Hull and Mr. Fulton Lee Williamson, Sr., and raised on a farm in Sampson County along with his 12 siblings. He is married to Shirley Bryant Williamson and is the father of four boys – Steve, Julian, Marcus, and Titus. Williamson is a member of Andrews Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and an Adult Sunday School Teacher.

Dr. Freddie Williamson has over thirty years of service in public education, serving as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Personnel, Director of Vocational Education, Director of Secondary Education, and Associate Superintendent. Dr. Williamson earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, advance graduate degree from East Carolina University, and doctoral degree from Fayetteville State University.

Under his leadership, Hoke County Schools has been recognized at the national and state level. Dr. Williamson has received several awards for leadership including: 2011 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year, North Carolina Association of Education Office Personnel Administrator of the Year, State Principal of the Year Finalist, Southeast Regional Principal of the Year, and twice Wachovia Principal of the Year. Dr. Williamson has and continues to demonstrate a passion for leadership and transformation.