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About Walter Dansby

Walter Dansby

Mr. Dansby began his career in the Fort Worth ISD in 1974 as a History Teacher and Coach at Rosemont Middle School. During his tenure he has served the District as a Head High School Basketball Coach at Paschal High School, Assistant Principal at Paschal High School, Principal at O.D. Wyatt High School, Executive Director of Instruction for the South Quadrant, Associate Superintendent of the Instructional Team for Area 1, and Deputy Superintendent for Operational Management and Human Resources. He is also responsible for overseeing the District’s Capital Improvement Program, a $593.6 million, multi-year effort to renovate aging facilities, add modernized classrooms and build five new schools. Under his leadership the CIP program is on time and under budget. 

Mr. Dansby is a graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University. 

He is an individual who genuinely cares about others which is evidenced by his leadership, involvement in the community, and through his affiliation and support of many local and civic organizations. Walter Dansby is an active member of a number of professional city-level, state, and national organizations such as the National Alliance of Black School Educators; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International; the American Society For Quality Education in Association with the (NQEC), National Quality Education Organization, the Texas Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, ,the Texas Association School Administrators, as well as the Texas Association of School Boards.

Among the many awards and accolades received by Mr. Dansby is Tarrant County Black Bar Association’s Community Service Award as the first African American Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, the Excellence in Education Award from the Multi-Ethnic Chamber of Commerce; the Men of Distinction Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; and the Eminent Man Award for Outstanding Leadership was presented to him by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.  In 2006, Mr. Dansby was given the Gilbert Garcia Amigo Award by the United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County & Hispanic Heritage. He has received several other awards which include: the Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club; the Public Sector Advocate Award by the Black Contractors Association; as well as the Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award for Education.

In 2013, Mr. Dansby was most recently recognized as an Outstanding African-American Alumnus by the University of Texas at Arlington’s African-American Alumni Chapter. He was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by The National Congress of Parents and Teachers Council of PTA’s, and also honored with the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow Award by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Lastly, representing FWISD, Mr. Dansby and the AECOM staff received the prestigious CLIDE Award by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This is an award that recognizes private and public development programs and projects that exemplifies the North Texas region’s Principles of Development Excellence.

Mr. Dansby and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Marsha and Leigh Ann.


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The Fort Worth Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and expression, military/veteran status, in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: June Davis, 504 Coordinator/Foster Care Liaison, 100 N University Dr., NW 250, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2875, Rufino Mendoza, Title IX Coordinator, 100 N University Dr., NW 130-I, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2793 or Sammy Monge, Title VII Coordinator, 100 N University Dr., NW 130-I, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2724.