Dr. Houlihan’s goal for UCPS is to ensure that all students are producing at the highest level and are being prepared for a quality life and career beyond high school.
His vision for UCPS is to be the best school system in the state and nation.
Dr. Houlihan, an advocate of teamwork, feels the “collective group” can accomplish goals much better than someone in isolation.
He encourages educators to strive toward continual growth and learning, as he believes there is a need for continuous improvement.
Dr. Houlihan’s career in public education began as an elementary school teacher in Wake County 15 years ago. He has served as an elementary school principal (2010-2012) and school support officer (2012-2013) for Houston Independent School District and held other administrative positions in the Austin Independent School District (2007-2010).
He has held several cabinet-level positions for HISD since 2013, including chief human resources officer, chief school support officer and chief school officer for major projects.
Dr. Houlihan earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elon University in North Carolina, where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He earned a master’s degree in organization and leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College (2006) and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.