Professor Tom Williams Named Mississippi College Energy Education Leader
May 1, 2012
A longtime education professor at Mississippi College, Tom Williams will take on a new role starting June 1 when he leads efforts to help the university promote energy efficiency.
Williams begins work June 1 as the Christian university’s first energy education director.
“We anticipate that this program will yield Mississippi College substantial savings,’’ says Steve Stanford, vice president for administration and government relations. “Dr. Tom Williams’ role will prove significant in this effort, and we are extremely fortunate to have him in this pivotal position.”
Williams is a former chairman of MC’s Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education.
“I can’t think of a better individual to serve in this capacity,” School of Education Dean Don Locke said. “My only regret is that Tom will not be a full-time professor of educational leadership. He has all the skills necessary to fulfill his new responsibilities.”
Williams is expected to serve as an adjunct or part-time professor in the MC School of Education.
Businesses, schools, colleges, households and other institutions around the USA are looking for ways to achieve energy savings and streamline finances.
Increasing energy efficiency is the simplest way to reduce costs, and that could save up to 20 percent of an energy bill for businesses, reports the Carbon Trust. Just reducing the temperature by 1 degree can trim heating bills by 10 percent.
During this past academic year, Williams worked as a full-time professor, but also helped oversee MC’s new recycling program. He joined the university’s faculty in 1989 and was honored for his teaching skills as a distinguished professor of the year on the Clinton campus.
Williams brings much to the table with the new position, Stanford says. “His proven abilities to interact and effectively communicate with faculty, staff and students will prove critical as the program gets underway.”
The success of the energy program, he added, will be heightened due to his leadership skills.
Williams is a former administrator and teacher with the Jackson Public Schools where he was recognized statewide as the Mississippi Teacher of the Year in the early 1980s. A graduate of Mississippi State University, the professor received a master’s in education and education specialist degrees at Mississippi College, and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
A former high school coach, the Madison resident serves as chairman of the Mississippi College faculty committee linked to the university’s NCAA Division III athletic programs in the American Southwest Conference.
Williams is pleased with the appointment and anxious to get started. “I am looking forward to working with everyone on campus in this university-wide effort to conserve energy,” he said.
Photo: Tom Williams