School Board names ex-member to Coles seat

In a unanimous vote, the Prince William County School Board selected William Hundley, a past school board member and chairman, to fill the remaining term of the Coles District seat after a closed session meeting Wednesday.

Eleven people applied for the seat left vacant by John David Allen Sr., who resigned due to health reasons in November.

Hundley, 62, of Dale City was the Coles District representative to the School Board from 1988 to 1995 and served as chairman from 1992 to 1994.

“I’m pleased, surprised. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Hundley said Wednesday evening. “A lot of things have happened since I left,” he said.

After serving on the School Board for seven and a half years, Hundley said he looks forward to getting re-acquainted and involved with the School Board again.

Closing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students is important to him, he said.

“That’s a national issue. That’s not just a Prince William issue or Coles District issue,” he said. “We need to explore all kinds of possibilities and we need to continue our effort at closing that gap.”

Hundley said before he decides where his primary focus should be, he needs to meet with the School Board to discuss current issues in his district and the school division.

“I’ve been away,” he said. “I don’t have the in-depth knowledge of the issues.”

He retired as a senior program manager for the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Commerce in 1999 and had been employed with managerial positions with Department of Commerce since 1974.

Since his retirement, he has served as a consultant to school divisions and government agencies.

He is a 30-year resident of Prince William County and has three children and a granddaughter. All of his children graduated from Prince William County schools.

He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and National Alliance of Black School Educators. He is both founder and first president of Prince William Alliance of Black School Educators.

Hundley will finish serving Allen’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2003.

Staff writer Jennifer Brennan can be reached at (703) 368-3101, Ext. 123.

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