John Spencer Wright (M.Ed. ’71 Sec Ed; Ed.D.’76 Admin & Supv) of Greensboro, North Carolina, died March 22, 2015. At the University, he was a member of the early marching band and the Pep Band. An educator for more than 38 years, Mr. Wright began his career as a government teacher, debate coach and cheerleading coach before joining the faculty of the Curry School of Education as an assistant professor and serving as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Executives. He later became principal of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, and director of business services for Lynchburg City Schools. In 1986 he moved to Greensboro and served in a variety of roles and responsibilities, including assistant superintendent, in Greensboro and Guilford County schools. Mr. Wright was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, and Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators.
He was active in a number of organizations, including the Lions and Rotary clubs, and served on the board of directors of the Sickle Cell Association and the Presbyterian Homes of Virginia. Mr. Wright, who could frequently be heard saying, “It’s good to be a Hoo!” was a loyal Cavaliers fan, following all U.Va. sports and rejoicing in their victories and accolades. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; a brother, Douglas E. Wright (Col ’79 L/M); and many extended family members.