Tim Wilder was unanimously appointed as Superintendent of the Dothan City School System in July, 2011. Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic is what he brings to DCS. Serving as Superintendent of Schools in Gulf County, Florida for seven years prior to coming to Dothan, his experience and strong communication skills have led Gulf County to the #1 ranking in Florida in the categories of overall drop-out rate, black student drop-out rate, and graduation rates. Gulf County was also recognized by the State Department of Education as one of the top academic districts in the state for 2 years in a row.
In his first year as superintendent in the state of Alabama, Wilder was awarded the “Power of One Award” which honors a superintendent who has made a significant impact with public education legislation. He was appointed by the state superintendent to serve on the state accountability task force to study the practice of grading schools and systems in Alabama and sits as chairman for the Superintendent/AHSAA committee. Under his leadership, Dothan City Schools has been recognized as one of the top three systems in the state with the lowest drop-out rate and currently has the eleventh best graduation rate out of 136 school systems in Alabama.
Wilder started his career as a teacher/coach in the Gulf County School System in 1992. In 1993, he was chosen as Head Baseball Coach and Speech/Debate teacher at Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Florida. In 1998, Wilder was called back home to serve as Assistant Principal of Port St. Joe High School (Wilder's alma mater). In 2000, he was chosen as Principal at Port St. Joe Elementary School where the school earned their first "A" rating under his leadership. In 2003, Wilder was moved to Principal at Port St. Joe High School and in 2004, was voted as "Florida's Principal of the Year". He was then elected as Superintendent of Schools for Gulf County in the fall of 2004 where he served until moving to Dothan City Schools in 2011. Wilder becomes one of only a few to move from an elected superintendent to an appointed superintendent in the area. During his 7 years as superintendent, he was the youngest serving superintendent in Florida.
Wilder has been involved in many state leadership roles in Florida. He was President of the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) from June 2010 - June 2011. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) as Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Directors for the Panhandle Area Education Consortium, and sits on the National Task Force for CFES (College for Every Student) based out of Vermont. In 2009, Commissioner of Education, Eric Smith, chose Wilder to sit on a statewide committee overseeing anti-tobacco use among teens.
Wilder earned his high school diploma from Port St. Joe High School in 1987, attended George C. Wallace Community College from 1987-1989, earned a B.S. in Communications in 1992 from Georgia Southern University, earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Florida State University in 1996 and is currently working on his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership also at Florida State University.
Growing up as an athlete, Wilder was fortunate enough to play for a state championship for George C. Wallace College in Dothan and played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska as a member of the 1990 Georgia Southern Eagles baseball team. Wilder enjoys fishing, hunting, golf and has coached little league baseball, softball, basketball and loves outdoor activities. He and his wife Mary Catherine have four children: Kaley, Walt, Noah and Ella.
Wilder has spoken in many states about leadership, teacher morale, minority student achievement, and small/rural districts and their role in education. His speaking engagements have reached audiences all over the country in many formats including live performances, television, internet, and radio. Described as charismatic, a champion for young people, and extremely dedicated to his profession, Wilder can be seen in all schools in Dothan and around the city believing that visibility is one of the most important traits as a superintendent. He has an open door policy and loves meeting people. He can be reached at 334-793-1397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.