Charlotte Williams Retires from HPS Board

Charlotte Williams Retires from HPS Board
Posted on 12/06/2015
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Charlotte Williams Retires

from HPS Board of Education

During the December 7, 2015 meeting of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education, Charlotte Chun Williams, vice chair, will retire from her service to the district. Ms. Williams was elected to the Board of Education in 2007 and began her service in 2008.

“I will miss the friendships I have formed over the years with members of the Board of Education. We have a great bond and truly work as a team,” said Williams. “It was the right time for me to retire from the board.  We always need new people with new ideas,” she said.

“I am passionate about public education and I will miss the active contact with HPS employees and students.  I am grateful for the diversity in our district. Diversity is embraced at Hickory Public Schools.  It is our strength and our students gain a better education through attending class representative of our society,” she said.

“In addition to the wonderful, diverse enrollment at all of our schools, we have solid leadership at Hickory Public Schools. I am so pleased with the selection of our new Superintendent, Dr. Robbie Adell. During the interview process, he rose to the top. His selection was not based on race or gender, but on leadership qualities and his own merit. And yet, for the first time in the history of Hickory Public Schools, we have a minority leading our schools. This is historic and I am honored to have been a part of Dr. Adell’s selection,” said Williams.

Williams has been an active part of the search for three superintendents during her service on the Board of Education. In addition to the selection of the district’s top leadership, Williams served the board during significant change. “One size does not fit all—and HPS recognized that fact as the district took measures to transform Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM),” said Williams.

“HCAM was a new initiative designed to serve specific needs of students with a focus on career readiness. The eight academies at HCAM provide opportunities for students not offered in other area high schools,” she said.

‘I’ve also witnessed the schools’ administration and staff search for methods and initiatives to make change in classrooms with regards to academic growth and cultural awareness—such as Literacy First, the anti-bullying campaigns and Capturing Kids’ Hearts,” said Williams. “And during my term, the new Longview Elementary School was built.  What an exciting time for the school family and community!”

As Williams departs from her role on the HPS Board of Education, she also expressed concern for public education. “In spite of the NC Legislation’s decision to drastically cut funding of public schools, our teachers and staff are resilient and use what little resources they have to focus on the needs of every child,” said Williams. “Even with the letter grades given out by the legislation, we are observing academic growth with our students. Hickory Public Schools is a strong district that continues to offer excellence in academics, the arts and athletics.”

Charlotte Williams is the mother of four sons—all graduates of Hickory High School. “I am pleased with the excellent quality of education my boys received through attending Hickory Public Schools,” said Williams. “While my sons are grown, I feel privileged and honored to have been a part of the district’s advancement in serving the needs of every child.”

Williams is employed with Lenoir-Rhyne University as an Associate Dean for Engaged and Global Learning and she is also an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Human and Community Services Program.

With a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, Williams earned her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Illinois.

Prior to moving to Hickory in the mid 1990’s, Williams worked in mental health and medical social work. She later took a position with the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago and was subsequently appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Chicago Planning Department.

In addition to serving on the Board of Education for Hickory Public Schools, Williams has served on boards for Project Potential, The Women’s Resource Center, Hickory Executive Club, Catawba County Medical Society Alliance and the Council on Adolescents. She also served on the United Arts Council Executive Committee.

“We will greatly miss the leadership exhibited by Charlotte Williams,” said Dr. Robbie Adell, HPS superintendent. “Her dedicated service to the students and staff of Hickory Public Schools has been unwavering. She believes in public education and her voice has been instrumental in decisions that place our students as the top priority. We wish Ms. Williams the very best in future endeavors.”

The December 7th meeting of the HPS Board of Education will be held at the Hickory City Hall and begins at 7:00 PM.  Ms. Williams will be recognized during the meeting and the public is invited to attend.


(Photo/post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications) 
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