School board chair recognized

Published 2:29 pm Thursday, November 24, 2016

Beaufort County Board of Education Chairman Terry Williams is representing the school district at the state level.

At an annual conference in Greensboro last week, Williams was selected to serve on the seven-member North Carolina School Boards Association’s All State Board. The state board represents school districts across the state.

Fellow board member Eltha Booth was in attendance to present the award to Williams.

Founded in 1937, NCSBA’s mission is to “help develop, communicate and advocate for the perspective of North Carolina school districts,” according to the website. “By working collectively through NCSBA, North Carolina school boards have a significant impact on public education at the state and federal levels.”

The Beaufort County board recognized Williams at Monday night’s meeting, presenting him with a plaque to commemorate the honor.

Williams has served on the Board of Education for six years, almost three of which were spent serving as board chairman.

A retired market manager from Procter & Gamble, Williams lives with his wife in Chocowinity. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.

“It is a well-deserved recognition for Mr. Williams. He has served our board and our communities with passion and commitment, and we all have benefited from his leadership and service,” said Don Phipps, superintendent at Beaufort County Schools.

At Monday’s meeting, Williams said he was honored to be chosen for the All State Board and thanked the other board members for the recognition.

In a previous interview, Williams said he wanted to serve on the Board of Education to support the county’s educators.

“I support high standards of learning and accountability because we have no greater asset for our future than our children,” he said. “I also want to provide strong support to our teachers, administrators and staff while practicing fiscal responsibility of available funds.”

The Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting 5 p.m. Monday at central offices. Its next regular meeting is slated for Dec. 13.