PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement on the passing of Dr. C.T. Wright, the Chairman of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency and a prominent civic and religious leader in Arizona.
“It is with immense sadness that we say goodbye to an Arizona treasure and great man, Dr. C.T. Wright. A pastor, teacher, criminal justice expert, public servant and civic leader, Dr. Wright lived a life defined by hard work and faith. He was someone who believed strongly in America and all that we stand for; someone who loved Arizona and its people; someone who promoted unity and believed strongly in the power of prayer. He was intensely devoted to his late wife, Mary, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage, and embodied the virtues of humility, kindness, and—above all—faith. His passionate and powerful voice will be missed greatly at Sunday services and in the halls of our State Legislature, and Arizona is profoundly thankful for his life of service. My sincere condolences go out to his loved ones, parishioners and all who knew him.”
Dr. C.T. Wright was appointed to the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency in May 2014, and became its Chairman in 2016.
His diverse life experiences included working as a day laborer in Georgia cotton fields, elementary school teacher, college professor and administrator, university president, executive director and founder of development programs, faith leader, delegate to three national political conventions—including for Presidents Obama and Trump—and member of the Arizona Electoral College.
A criminal justice expert, Dr. Wright developed and supervised training programs for law enforcement officers in Atlanta, Georgia; Miami Dade County in Florida; Talladega Federal Prison in Alabama, as well as an education program for inmates in Florida.
Dr. Wright earned a BS from Fort Valley State University, MA from Clark Atlanta University, PhD from Boston University and L.H.D. honorary degree from Mary Holmes College.
In addition to serving on the Clemency Board, Dr. Wright was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging; Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board; Arizona National Day of Prayer; The Light of Hope Institute; and ASU’s Center for Political Thought and Leadership.