Dr. Williams receives UA College of Education Alumni Award


Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams! Dr. Williams is the recipient of the Harold L. Bishop Award for Leaders presented by the University of Alabama College of Education. 




Dr. Avis Williams, superintendent of the historic Selma City School System, has been recognized by national, state, and local organizations as an outstanding innovative leader in the field of education. She is a champion for equity with a passion for developing leadership pipelines through mentoring.

She contributes who she is today to the guidance of her mentor and advisor, Dr. Harold Bishop. Dr. Bishop's influence is clearly evident in Selma City Schools. Dr. Williams' educational philosophies reflect Dr. Bishop's passion for equity in education. Her dedication to equity has been highlighted by The School Superintendents Association, Cognia, and edFocus. Equity is a core value of Selma City Schools.   Her Aspiring Leaders Academy mentoring program also reflects Dr. Bishop's influence. It focuses on developing an internal leadership pipeline, with a goal of promoting 80% of employees from within. Her aim in the mentoring program is to equip the mentees with the skills they need to be successful as Dr. Bishop did for her while she was completing her Ed.S. and Ed.D. at The University and through the University of Alabama Superintendents Academy.

Her leadership path to becoming a superintendent includes serving as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Greensboro, North Carolina where she led instruction for over 60 schools, and as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum in Tuscaloosa City Schools.

Dr. Avis Williams is the 2020 Alabama Alliance of Black School Educators Dr. Ulysess Byas Superintendent of the Year and a 2019 finalist for Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent of the Year. She was selected by her peers as the School Superintendents of Alabama District Two president. Avis was awarded the Marbury Technology Innovation award by the Alabama State Department of Education in 2011 as a principal and in 2019 as a superintendent.



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