By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
COLUMBUS – When asked about the importance of being a role model, especially for young African American youth coming behind him as prominent education in Burlington County, Dr. Anthony Wright reached for a well-known Bible verse.
In an adage, Wright said he always believed in, Luke 12:48 reads: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
“To that end, I wholeheartedly espouse to be the best that I can be, in any/all of my endeavors,” Wright told Front Runner New Jersey this week.
In February, the Rowan College at Burlington County board of trustees selected Wright as one of its newest board members. A deputy assistant commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Education, Wright has won awards for his work in education both locally and around the state.
He has worked for the Department of Education for the past 15 years, serving as Title I program and compliance coordinator and chief innovation officer before his current job as deputy assistant Commissioner in the division of student services.
Wright is an associate professor/senior adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Central Michigan University and Wilmington University.
His ties locally are more personal. He was born and raised in Burlington County and graduated from Willingboro High School.
“At an early age, I learned the value of family, education, and the importance of a strong work ethic,” Wright said.
Felicia Hopson, director of Burlington County Board of Commissioners, who appointed Wright said in a statement last month and Wright will be a respected member of the board.
“As a longtime educator and innovator, we believe Dr. Wright will be a valuable resource at the college as we work toward our shared goal of increasing college access for all students,” Hopson said in the statement.
Wright serves on various state advisory committees like the Youth Bias Task Force, LGBTQ Task Force, New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Training and Education, NJ Coalition for Excellence and Equity in Education, and Wilmington University’s Master of Education in School Leadership and Doctor of Educational Leadership Advisory Councils.
“As a demonstrated policymaker and policy advisor for over two decades, I look forward to leading RCBC in major policy overhauls as well as strategically catapulting the institution well within the twenty-first century,” Wright said.
Wright said he continues to find inspiration from immediate and extended family and friends who continually provide the unconditional love and support. He is a highly-sought after mentor providing many educational practitioners the opportunity for continual professional growth and advancement, relative to showing how state and federal policy decisions ultimately impact educator quality and student success.
He is also the principal and CEO of ACW Enterprises, LLC, which specializes in identifying solutions as well as providing options for professional educational services, organizational, and talent development.
Wright has won numerous award for educational and community work, including the 2017 Educational Leadership Award from the Wilson Harrison Foundation; 2017 Outstanding Service Award Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey; 2014 Love for All Mankind Award Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 2014 Commissioner’s Distinguished Excellence Award; 2011 NAACP NJ Distinguished Educator Award; and NC A&T State University Alumni Association Young Leaders Award.
He also sits on the North Carolina A&T State University National Alumni Association board of directors, is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and has held local, state and national offices. He formerly serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Burlington County, as well as a member of the American Education Research Association, March of Dimes-South Jersey Program Services Committee and is a life member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Mentors.
Wright said most of all he “finds delight and fulfillment in supporting his alma mater, fraternity, several non-profit agencies, as well as holding memberships in a host of professional, social, and civic organizations.”
While is sounds like Wright has a full schedule, he remembers the adage of how much is expected.
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