As director of state partnerships, Mr. Williams is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategic plans to support career readiness of all students. Prior to NS4ed, Ricky served the students, staff, and community of Hagerman Municipal Schools for eight years as Superintendent. Mr. Williams has worked side by side with local, state, and national leaders in an effort to improve the educational process that includes effective leadership over his 26 years of service in the state of New Mexico. Prior to taking over the reins as Superintendent, he served three years as Director of Secondary Instruction for Las Cruces Public Schools.
Previous to working for Las Cruces Public Schools, the 30 year veteran held multiple leadership level positions at various educational institutions throughout New Mexico. Before moving to New Mexico in 1995, Mr. Williams worked for Odessa High School (Odessa, TX) as a high school special education teacher and high school football coach.
Mr. Williams holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX), a Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling from the University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX), and a Masters of Science in School Administration from the College of Southwest (New Mexico).
Mr. Williams served as President for New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association (2017-2018) and was selected as Superintendent of the Year for the state of New Mexico in 2019. He was also appointed to the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) Regional Advisory Board by Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera and approved by Governor Martinez, to represent the State of New Mexico.