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1/31/2012 10:08:00 AM
WUSD Superintendent Hudgens to retire
After seven years, Steve Hudgens is set to leave district at the end of the 2012 school year
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WUSD Superintendent Steve Hudgens addresses a recent graduating class. Hudgens will retire at the close of the 2011/12 school year.
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WUSD Superintendent Steve Hudgens addresses a recent graduating class. Hudgens will retire at the close of the 2011/12 school year.

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Forty-six years ago, Stephen Hudgens began his public education career in Beecher, Ill. It will finish at the end of the 2012 school year with his retirement as Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Superintendent after seven years of dedicated service.

"I'm not the energizer bunny anymore, and it takes a lot of energy to do what I do," Hudgens said, adding that when he retires, he plans to see his grandchildren more often.

"My daughters are getting older and so am I," Hudgens said. "The battles of public education are getting to be devastating to some small towns. But regardless of that fact, Williams is still the friendliest, most cooperative town I've ever had the pleasure of living in."

Hudgens said one of the challenges he faced while superintendent was the struggle assist low income students due to district's own financial restrictions.

"I don't like to see kids fail and I don't like to see adults fail," Hudgens said. "So, I spent a lot of time on a positive mental attitude during my years at the district. I think it's a lot better now. You accentuate the positive. It was time to unify the Williams Unified School District and it took some time, but I think we did it."

For the next few months, the school board's challenge will be to find the right fit for the role of superintendent.

Newly appointed School Board President Kristi Fredrickson said the board will open up a search for a new superintendent during their Feb. 8 regular meeting. The search will include both internal and external applicants.

"There will be discussion as to whether to have an outside agency do a pre-screening of applicants at a minimal cost to the district," Fredrickson said. "The board hopes to find the best possible candidate to fill the position."

In addition, Fredrickson said Hudgens always put the students and staff at the heart of every decision.

"He valued and supported his staff," she said. "Whenever possible, he would find a way to give the staff bonuses even in tough financial times."

Hudgens' contract will expire at the end of the school year. He plans to retire in Phoenix, play some golf and relax.

"I have a commitment to the kids in this town and I have a commitment to my leadership role with the staff," he said. "All in all, it's been a great ride."








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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Johnny Borjon

Coach you were great no matter where you went. I carry alot of your sayings with me and has got me through some wins and losses in life. Thank you for you. Congrats

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Article comment by: Tony Provencio

I think Steve Hudgens had an influence on alot of us in Morenci. Enjoy the retirement, the golf and especially the Grandchildren. Just one thing, about damn time! You were my coach and teacher, I've retired once already! Enjoy!

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: Vera Davis

Congratulations Coach Hudgens we loved you in Morenci too!!

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Gomez

I had Mr. Hudgens as a teacher in the 70s in Morenci,He was a great teacher and I enjoyed watching his basketball teams play he made winners of everyone he taugh.GOOD LUCK Mr.Hudgens

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: bruce allen

yeah, i guess we all know when our time is over. i did 40 years and had to stop after two strokes.you were a great influence on many people, myself included. brouce allen

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: bruce allen

yeah, i guess we all know when our time is over. i did 40 years and had to stop after two strokes.you were a great influence on many people, myself included. brouce allen

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: Priscilla Sanchez

I remember Mr Hudgens when he was the Principal for Clifton School. The school was great back then and so put together and it was because of him, it was never the same after he left. Mr. Hudgens, enjoy your retirement, you deserve it!!!



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