Terri Williams
Terri Williams is the director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center at UTSA's Small Business Development Center. Credit: Courtesy / UTSA

CPS Energy’s pick to fill a term-limited trustee’s place on its board instead will serve on the governing board of North East Independent School District.

Terri Williams, who if confirmed would have represented the utility’s southeast quadrant, said she will be sworn in as District 2 trustee for the district in May 2018, according to a letter she sent Wednesday to CPS Energy board chair John Steen.

“Although I believe I could have effectively served in this position, my passion is with the students of NEISD,” wrote Williams, who works as a director of a small business development center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

CPS Energy is a municipally owned utility serving 800,000 electricity and 340,000 gas customers in the San Antonio area. NEISD is a school district serving roughly 67,000 students with a current budget of about $786 million.

“Certainly, either of these positions requires a considerable time commitment,” Steen said in a statement. “Ms. Williams has a commendable record of civic involvement, and we understand the competition from various boards for her time and talents.”

Steen said current trustee Derrick Howard will continue to serve in his position until his replacement is appointed, confirmed by San Antonio City Council, and sworn in.

The CPS Energy board will meet Monday “to discuss next steps in our selection process,” Steen said.

Brendan Gibbons is a former senior reporter at the San Antonio Report. He is an environmental journalist for Oil & Gas Watch.