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Williams appointed to VGCC board of trustees

Dr. Doris Terry Williams of Henderson became the newest member of the Board of Trustees of Vance-Granville Community College on Dec. 7, when she was sworn in by Ninth District Court Judge Henry Banks in a brief ceremony on the college’s main campus. Dr. Williams was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to the seat formerly held by Grace Vickery of Henderson until her death in August. Williams’ term will expire in 2012.

Though new to the board, Williams has been involved in education issues for many years. On the local level, Williams served on the Warren County Board of Education for twelve years, including five as Board chairperson. Professionally, she is currently the executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust and director of the Trust’s Capacity Building Program. The Rural Trust is the leading national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good rural schools and thriving rural communities.

Previously, as Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of University-School Partnerships at North Carolina Central University, Williams led the institution’s teacher education program reform. Williams co-founded, and subsequently directed, the North Carolina Center for the Study of Black History (now a part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Southern History Collection), and was a founder of a 100,000-watt public radio station, WVSP FM. She established the Warren Service Corps, a service organization of young people to provide year-round educational and cultural programs for rural youths; the Warren Summer Scholars Program; and Pen & Press United, an advertising and publishing firm. She has produced and hosted a radio series on minority economic development and served as lead consultant, trainer, and national expert for numerous state and national school and community reform efforts. Williams has also authored numerous publications on education topics ranging from early childhood education and care to reform of K-16 education. Williams’ experience also includes ten years as director of an adult education program; associate director for the North Carolina Health Manpower Development Program; adjunct professor for Shaw University; city planner and technical writer for Warren Regional Planning Corporation (Soul City, NC); and writer/editor for North Carolina Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

She holds Ed.D. and M.Ed. degrees from North Carolina State University and an A.B. degree from Duke University.

Above: From left, District Court Judge Henry Banks congratulates Dr. Doris Terry Williams after administering the oath of office to her as a new member of the VGCC Board of Trustees , while her brother, Robert Terry, Jr., looks on. (VGCC photo)