Eugene Williams, who has been a Brenau University professor since 2008, has been named dean of the College of Education.
He replaces Sandra Leslie, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
Williams has about 30 years of experience in K-12 education as a classroom instructor and administrator in Georgia schools. He taught for almost two decades at Randolph Clay High School in Cuthbert, held assistant principal positions at Carver Middle School in Monroe and Loganville High School before moving into the principal’s office at Loganville Middle School.
Williams received a B.A. in mathematics and M.Ed. from Albany State University, an Ed.S. from Columbus State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia.
Williams developed the college’s ethics course, and he was heavily involved in expanding math education, multicultural education, classroom management and research curriculum, Brenau’s public information office said in a release.
He also has significant experience working with Chinese students. Brenau will begin the Georgia phase of its “2+2” program with Anhui Normal University in China in August. The program will provide the last two years of undergraduate studies in early childhood education to dozens of former Anhui students each year.
Williams and a Brenau colleague, Bryan Sorohan, spent part of last year in China working with the first group that will visit Brenau this summer. The two helped train Chinese professors to teach the preparatory curriculum those students took in the first year of the program.
Keeping with statewide public education demand, Williams said he would like to emphasize English to speakers of other languages, as well as science, technology, mathematics and engineering education.