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UTSA alumnus Brian Woods named Northside ISD superintendent


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(May 23, 2012) --- Brian T. Woods, a doctoral graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has been named the new superintendent of Northside Independent School District (NISD) by a unanimous final vote of the district's board of trustees. Woods, a 20-year veteran educator of NISD, currently serves as its deputy superintendent for administration.

"It is extremely humbling to be given the privilege to serve the students, parents, taxpayers and staff of Northside ISD," said Woods. "Northside is, without question, the premier school district in San Antonio, and I am honored to continue to build on the legacy left by those before me."

Woods was selected from 25 candidates following a national search. He will replace John Folks, who has served as NISD superintendent for 10 years.

This month, Woods received his UTSA doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Marshall High School in 1992 and taught U.S. government, economics and U.S. history. Woods then helped open O'Connor High School in 1998 as an assistant principal.

He became vice principal at Clark High School in 2000, and in 2004, he was named the school's principal. He remained in that post until he became the assistant superintendent for secondary administration in 2006. In 2009, he was named deputy superintendent for administration.

"We are delighted to hear that Northside ISD has selected Brian Woods as the sole finalist in its search for a new superintendent," said Betty Merchant, dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. "Brian is both an outstanding leader and educator committed to working with members of the community to further an educational environment where all children can achieve."

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness and bi-national and bicultural issues.

Northside ISD, a huge economic generator in San Antonio, has 97,439 students, more than 12,000 employees and an overall budget of $1.1 billion. The district has 112 schools spread across 355 square miles in northwest and western Bexar County and also extends into Medina and Bandera counties.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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