Senate president is finalist for community college presidency

Sen. President Donald Williams (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
Sen. President Donald Williams (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

HARTFORD, Conn. –Sen. President Donald Williams will tour Quinebaug Valley Community College campus Thursday and speak with faculty and students about his desire to be their school president.

Williams, who isn’t running for re-election, is one of three finalists for the job and is the most controversial.

Numerous editorials and letters-to-the-editor have questioned Williams’ qualifications for the position. He was one of 87 applicants, but lacks the extensive academic background of the other two finalists.

According to his resume, Williams was the director of a satellite campus for Connecticut College for two years until 1999. During that time he worked “closely with the president’s office to oversee the recruitment and scheduling of classes, lectures, theater performances and community events at Connecticut College’s downtown campus. He served as liaison for Connecticut College in the New London community, reaching out to the business, arts, and education communities.”

After that Williams, who earned a law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, became the director of development for the Connecticut Bar Association. From 2004 until 2014 he was president of the state Senate where he oversaw a small staff.

The next president of Quinebaug Valley Community College will manage a student body of 2,000 and a staff of about 100.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.


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