George L. Williams Sr. has been appointed by Gov. Jim
serve as a member of Coastal Carolina University's Board of Trustees.<
Williams, a retired educator and civic leader, began his teaching
career at Chestnut High School in Horry County in 1956 and was named
assistant principal of Conway High School in 1969. He taught history
part time at Coastal Carolina University (then USC Coastal Carolina
College) from 1969 to 1974 and was the first African-American
instructor at Coastal. He was principal of North Myrtle Beach High
School from 1974 to1986.
Williams serves on the board of trustees of many organizations in
the region, including First Citizens Bank in Conway and Conway
Hospital. He has served on the Horry County Higher Education Commission
and was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Horry-Georgetown Technical
College from 1977 to 1983. The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce awarded
Williams the Laverne H. Creel Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
A native of Florence, Williams graduated from Wilson High School
in Florence in 1949. He attended the Catholic University in Washington
D.C. and earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from South
Carolina State University.
Coastal's Board of Trustees has 17 members. Fifteen are elected
by the General Assembly (two from each Congressional District and three
from the state at large), one is appointed by the Governor, and one
member is the Governor's designee.