Dr. Andrew G. Houlihan is currently in his seventh year as Superintendent for the Union County Public Schools, NC (UCPS). In 2022, Education Week recognized him as a national Leader to Learn From for his strategic leadership, continuous improvement strategies and focus on student safety both during and coming out of the pandemic. In addition, he was named the 2022 Superintendent of the Year for the Southwest Regional Alliance (Region 6) and was a finalist for the North Carolina State Superintendent of the Year.
Prior to joining UCPS, he served in numerous roles within the Houston Independent School District including Chief Academic Officer, Chief School Officer and Elementary Principal. In addition to his work in HISD, Dr. Houlihan served in various leadership roles in the Austin Independent School District as well as the Director of the Education Leadership Institute at the International Center for Leadership in Education.
Dr. Houlihan began his career as a second-grade teacher at AB Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Houlihan is a NC Teaching Fellows graduate of Elon University. He earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and his Doctorate in Education at the University of Texas at Austin.