Williamson tapped to head North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges

James C. “Jimmie” Williamson  

A new leader has taken his place at the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.

James C. “Jimmie” Williamson was recently tapped as the organization’s eighth president. Williamson has been the president and CEO for the South Carolina Technical College System for the past two years; he will begin his tenure with the North Carolina board on July 1.

Williamson, a 27-year veteran of the higher education field, was chosen from a pool of highly-qualified candidates for his experience in the business, education and economic development sectors. He now resides in Cheraw, South Carolina.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that he will be bringing his considerable talents to North Carolina and to our system,” said Presidential Search Committee chair Jerry Vaughn.

Williamson, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, earned his bachelor’s degree in visiyal arts and a master’s degree from Winthrop University. He went on to obtain a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife Kimberly Dickens Williamson in 2012 established Winthrop University’s James C. and Kimberly Dickens Williamson Leadership Award.

Williamson’s resume includes time as the leader of South Carolina’s apprenticeship program; he was honored by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils in 2015 as its State Employee of the Year.

He has also held leadership positions at Agape Senior, Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina and Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree, South Carolina.

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