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Jack Kenny Williams

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Jack Kenny Williams, PhD, 1920–1981 was a teacher who became an administrator then eventually president and chancellor of one of the largest university systems in the United States, before returning to the role of teacher

Contents

  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Higher education
  • 3 Military service
  • 4 Texas A&M years
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early years

Jack K Williams was born April 5, 1920 in Galax, Virginia where he grew up He graduated from Galax High School in 1936[1] He then attended Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia graduating in 1940 He began his professional career as a high school teacher and secondary principal in Carroll County, Virginia[2]

Higher education

Williams' higher education career began with two years as a graduate teaching fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia During this time he earned his Masters and PhD degrees Next came 17 years of teaching and leadership in administration at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina He joined the Clemson faculty following World War II as an instructor He taught history and government and worked his way up to become graduate dean In 1960, he was named Clemson's dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs[3]

Military service

During World War II, Williams served as an officer with the Fourth Division of the US Marine Corps He served his country with distinction in the Pacific[2] He retired from the Marine Corps with a rank of Major[1]

Texas A&M years

On September 11, 1970, Williams was elected as the 17th President of Texas A&M University On May 24, 1977 he was elevated to the position of Chancellor of the entire Texas A&M System[4] The Texas A&M System is one of the largest university systems in the United States[5]

He resigned as the Texas A&M chancellor on January 24, 1979 to return to teaching It was teaching that he loved most During his career he authored numerous books and related works, several of these are listed in the external links below[6]

Williams died September 28, 1981 in Houston, Texas and was buried on the Clemson University campus in the Woodland Cemetery His headstone reads simply “Jack Kenny Williams -- teacher”[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Galax Native is Selected for $40,000-a-Year Texas Post in Higher Education Galax Gazette 1966, March 29 page 6A
  2. ^ a b EBSCO Leader in Education Retrieved from http://connectionebscohostcom/c/articles/19351918/leader-education
  3. ^ Social Networks and Archival Contexts Retrieved from http://socialarchiveiathvirginiaedu/ark:/99166/w6tb5hfn
  4. ^ Texas A & M University Office of the President Retrieved from "Archived copy" Archived from the original on August 25, 2011 Retrieved August 26, 2011CS1 maint: archived copy as title linkmw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  5. ^ Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Retrieved from http://wwwthecbstatetxus//Reports/DocfetchcfmDocID=1434&Format=XLS&CFID=32005493&CFTOKEN=27044949/
  6. ^ Texas A&M University Office of the President Retrieved from "Archived copy" Archived from the original on August 25, 2011 Retrieved August 26, 2011CS1 maint: archived copy as title link
  7. ^ Find a Grave Retrieved from https://wwwfindagravecom/memorial/78173680

External links

  • Books by Jack Kenny Williams
  • Works by Jack Kenny Williams
  • Keepers of the Spirit Texas A&M University The Centennial Decade--Jack Kenny Williams Era
  • Jack K Williams Administration Building, Texas A&M University

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