Northside Board taps one of its own to be next superintendent

May 1, 2012
Dr. Brian T. Woods, a 20-year veteran educator and Northside ISD’s current deputy superintendent for administration, was named the lone finalist for superintendent Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.
Woods, 43, will replace Dr. John Folks as superintendent of the largest school district in Bexar County and the fourth largest school district in Texas.  Folks retires as superintendent at the end of June after a 10-year tenure at Northside ISD.  The Board of Trustees will take a final vote on Woods on May 22, following the state-mandated 21-day waiting period.  
“It is extremely humbling to be given the privilege to serve the students, parents, taxpayers and staff of Northside ISD,” Woods said, following the vote to name him the lone finalist. “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.”
Board President Karen Freeman said, “This Board knew we had a monumental task in selecting a superintendent and knew the community and our staff had high expectations.  We conducted a long and meticulous search that attracted state and national attention.”
The Board received applications from 25 candidates from across the country and Texas, and chose to interview six candidates over a two-week period.
“After talking with extremely qualified candidates, it became quite apparent to us during the process that Brian Woods was the best of the best,” Freeman said.
The search process was guided by Dr. Mike Moses, former Texas Education Agency commissioner, and David Thompson, lead attorney in the statewide school funding lawsuit.
Woods, who recently received his doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, has served as the deputy superintendent for administration since 2009. He started 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.
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.  
Woods is married and has a son who attends an NISD elementary school.