In an email to area districts, John Conley, Region 6 Field Service Coordinator, stated, “This year in Region 6, we had a record number of nominees submitted by their boards for consideration as the Region 6 Superintendent of the Year. The selection committee, comprised of area board members, spent several hours giving consideration to all nominees submitted at the regional level."
“Willis ISD is very blessed to have the Superintendent of the Year for Region 6,” said Cliff William, Board President. “But in all reality we feel we have the best in the nation. As a board we are ecstatic for Tim. Five years ago we brought him in and gave him a vision of the direction we wanted to go, and he continues everyday to strive to be above that vision."
In the application to the Region, Williams wrote in a letter in part, “The leadership Mr. Harkrider has presented in his five years as superintendent has not only impacted student performance but also led to improvements in facilities, staff wellness, technology access and financial stability.”
Williams added, “Harkrider brings a drive with him to this job that you can tell was instilled in him from his parents and the ball field. He wants Willis to be the best and you can tell that by how he goes about his business and runs our district. We are a close knit town that has 7300 students, 1000 staff members and a community that is growing, and I believe as much as we will all want to give him all the credit he would turn it around and say it’s because of everyone else. As a district and community we celebrate Tim being named Superintendent of the Year for Region 6.”