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Carol Williams
Dr. Carol Williams

Williams named dean of graduate school

For immediate release
May 8, 2003

Dr. Carol Williams, acting dean of Abilene Christian University's graduate school and professor of mathematics, has been named dean of the graduate school, said Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost.

"As acting dean, Dr. Williams has demonstrated her leadership abilities by bringing together faculty members to discuss new graduate programs and to reorganize long-standing programs.  She is a bright, creative thinker and a skilled communicator and effective organizer," VanRheenen said. "Her breadth of experience in higher education and her commitment to quality Christian higher education in selected areas will enable us to have an even stronger national and international presence in graduate education."

Williams will also serve as assistant provost for research, and her duties will include encouraging and supporting the research of all faculty members, whether they teach graduate students or undergraduate students.

"She is an experienced grant writer and has received both internal and external grants while at ACU and at Pepperdine University," VanRheenen said. "She is eager to provide high quality support for the faculty and departments as they seek funding to enhance educational programs and research programs."

Williams taught at ACU from 1980-84 as an instructor of mathematics and returned in 1995 as an associate professor. She was promoted to professor in 2000.

Prior to coming to ACU in 1995, Williams taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. She also has taught at high school level in West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin and in Abilene at Abilene High School and Abilene Christian High School.

Williams received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Lipscomb University, a master's degree in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of California in Santa Barbara.


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