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W.P. Hudgins is shown with Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols. / February 27, 2019
In recognition of Black History Month, the Mecklenburg County School Board honored retired assistant superintendent of schools and former Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors chairman W.P. Hudgins at the February meeting of trustees.

Hudgins, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fayetteville State University and a Masters Degree from Columbia University, spent 38 years as a teacher, principal and administrator before his retirement from the Mecklenburg County Public Schools some 28 years ago. His first post was at Bracey Elementary, where he was one of three teachers and taught grades five-seven.

During the Korean War, Hudgins left teaching and entered the service, spending 18 months in Korea. After his honorable discharge, Hudgins returned to Clarksville and went back into teaching before becoming the principal at Hillcrest Elementary School, a position he held for 14 years. Hudgins spent the last 18 years of his career as assistant superintendent for administration at the MCPS Central Office.

Hudgins was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1991, in the wake of a new redistricting plan that gave Mecklenburg three black-majority districts, and while he was employed with Mecklenburg County Public Schools as assistant superintendent for administration. During his tenure, Hudgins took on many high profile roles, including chairman of the budget and finance committee, board vice-chairman and board chairman — being the only African-American in Mecklenburg County to hold the position of chairman. He retired from the board on Dec. 31, 2011.

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