WCU Nursing School Dean Named Vice Chair

Hattiesburg, Miss., June 15, 2012 – Dr. Janet Williams, RN, PhD, dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, was recently elected by her peers to serve as Vice Chair for the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) Deans and Directors committee for the Schools of Nursing throughout the state. Following her year as Vice Chair, she will become Chair for the committee.

“This is truly an honor for Dr. Williams,” said Jerry Bracey, administrative dean of WCU’s Tradition campus. “She has been chosen for this leadership position based on her continued professional involvement, her success as a leader, and her potential to continue leading in an outstanding manner.”

Dr. Williams has served in the school of nursing for over 20 years as a teacher and administrator, and most recently, as Dean. She received a BS in nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi, a MSN in adult health nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham, an MBA from University of South Alabama, and a PhD in educational leadership from USM.

In 2011, she was given the Woman of Achievement Award in the education category by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization. Lighthouse BPW represents successful women in every sector of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s business community. As an RN with licensure in Mississippi and Louisiana, she held various positions before coming WCU in 1990. She worked as a critical care supervisor at the Doctor’s Hospital in Mobile, as an instructor at Providence School of Nursing in Mobile, as a sales representative for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals in Norwich, NY, as a critical care consultant and educator at University of South Alabama Medical Center, as director of education and quality assurance at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Gulfport, and as a staff nurse at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, among other positions.

“Dr. Williams is truly an outstanding leader and role model for all of us,” Bracey said. ‘She continues to represent William Carey University in an exemplary manner.”