Dr. Angela Williams, a 29-year veteran with the Burke County Public Schools System, has been selected by the board of education as the new superintendent.
The decision was announced June 17, following interviews with five candidates. She will succeed Rudy Falana, who is retiring from the position.
Williams has served at the elementary, middle and high school and central office levels, including the roles of classroom teacher, instructional coordinator, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent and holds advanced degrees in educational leadership and an Ed.D. in educational innovation from Augusta University. A lifelong resident of Burke County, she is a graduate of Waynesboro High School. BCPS Public Information Officer Amy Nunnally said in a statement on Wednesday, “The board believes that her exemplary record of service has equipped her well for the challenges ahead.” The selection will come to a formal vote at a called board meeting scheduled for June 30.
“I was excited,” Williams said, following the announcement. “Obviously, I love this community and this school system. It’s home and where I’ve dedicated my entire professional career. I’ve been blessed to work with some really great people and have enjoyed a lot of success along the way. I’m looking forward to continuing my contributions to the positive impacts to so many people on so many levels.”
Williams went on to say that the superintendent is the moral and intellectual leader who holds the responsibility of assembling the right team to build and sustain a successful school system. Her immediate goals include mobilizing family and community partners, strengthening early literacy, improving academic programming, refining, capacity- building, human capital and talent management systems, strengthening focus on the whole child and employing appropriate technology.
Over the last three decades, Williams says her experiences have enabled her to interact with and gain a deeper perspective of the various groups of stakeholders. “I’ve had the privilege of networking with students, staff, parents, community and business partners, as well as external agencies,” she says. “It takes the partnership of all of these groups to prepare our students for their best future, which is our mission.” She also thanked Falana for being a steady leader for BCPS over the last eight years. “He has parted a lot of wisdom and experience in a number of areas. Serving as one of his assistant superintendents during that time afforded me to see many parts of this job up close and personal; for that, I’m eternally grateful. His retirement is well-deserved,” she said.
Williams had the following words to offer teachers, staff, students and parents on the upcoming school year:
“ BCPS has some very dedicated employees who have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of children. They are to be applauded. I’m anxiously anticipating others who will be joining us in the fall. To our families, we know we cannot do this work without you; therefore, we continue to solicit your support, and we thank you for placing your trust and confidence in us. Please know that everyone’s safety remains a priority.
The start of each new school year reinforces my belief that we have wonderful opportunities to continue making a difference and that we are extremely fortunate to live in a community that values education. It takes all of us working together to ensure students are prepared for their best future. My commitment to you is that we will continue to strive to provide the best education possible so that our children will be inspired to learn and to understand and pursue their potential in becoming skillful and thoughtful citizens, equipped to play central roles in our community.”