The Trion Board of Education met in its regular monthly meeting Monday night with the intention of naming a successor to Superintendent Richard Lindsay who is slated to retire at the end of June. After a thorough search and interview process which spanned multiple board meetings, the board, Chaired by Connie Witt and Vice-Chaired by Randy Henderson, named current Trion High School Principal, Dr. Phil Williams, to be the next leader of Trion City Schools. Dr. Williams is a hometown product, graduating from Trion High School in 1985. He received his teaching degree from the University of West Georgia in 1991, his Masters degree in Administration from Jacksonville State University in 1995, and his Specialist and Doctoral degrees in Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Williams started his educational career teaching science, health, and physical education at Pepperell Middle School where he also served as head coach of the middle school football team as well as varsity baseball head coach and varsity football assistant coach for neighboring Pepperell High School. Williams was promoted to the position of assistant principal at Pepperell Middle in 1995 and then took the helm as its principal in 1998. He returned to lead his alma mater, Trion High School, in 2001. Dr. Williams’ eight-year tenure at THS has been a very successful one with many awards and achievements for the school’s outstanding academic performance. Not only did Trion High School have Georgia’s highest graduation rate in 2007 (96.4%), but it was named a Georgia School of Excellence in 2008 and was then nominated to be a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, one of only eight schools in Georgia and 250 in the nation to be considered for such a prestigious honor.
Upon accepting the position of superintendent, Dr. Williams expressed his desire that all students in the Trion City School system “experience the extraordinary each and every day”, and he promised that he stands alongside the Board of Education in the commitment to do “whatever it takes to graduate students who are committed to being leaders in their professions and in their communities”.
Tom Maxwell – Reporter