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Senate President Is Finalist For Community College Presidency

by Christine Stuart | May 14, 2014 11:51am
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Sen. President Donald Williams

Sen. President Donald Williams will tour Quinebaug Valley Community College campus Thursday and speak with faculty and students about his desire to be their school president.

Williams, who isn’t running for re-election, is one of three finalists for the job and is the most controversial. Numerous editorials and letters-to-the-editor have questioned Williams’ qualifications for the position. He was one of 87 applicants, but lacks the extensive academic background of the other two finalists.

According to his resume, Williams was the director of a satellite campus for Connecticut College for two years until 1999. During that time he worked “closely with the president’s office to oversee the recruitment and scheduling of classes, lectures, theater performances and community events at Connecticut College’s downtown campus. He served as liaison for Connecticut College in the New London community, reaching out to the business, arts, and education communities.”

After that Williams, who earned a law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, became the director of development for the Connecticut Bar Association. From 2004 until 2014 he was president of the state Senate where he oversaw a small staff.

The next president of Quinebaug Valley Community College will manage a student body of 2,000 and a staff of about 100.

As part of his resume, Williams touted his accomplishments in the state Senate as it pertains to Connecticut’s system of higher education and specifically Quinebaug Valley Community College.

“During the past 10 years, Williams has worked with QVCC leaders on a variety of critical projects and initiatives,” a press release announcing his visit to the school reads. “He worked with QVCC President Dianne Williams to secure approval and resources for a 30,000 square-foot addition to the college’s physical plant, the relocation of QVCC’s Willimantic Center to Main Street, and the creation of QVCC’s Middle College High School program and physical infrastructure.”

The press release also touts his help with drafting legislation that created three Advanced Manufacturing Centers at Connecticut’s community colleges. “Williams collaborated with QVCC faculty and staff to bring forward their strong proposal to state system leaders resulting in approval of locating one of the three manufacturing centers at QVCC,” it states.

Dale Allen and Carlee Drummer, the other two finalists for the position, previously toured the campus with little fanfare.

Allen has been the vice president for Community Engagement since 2008 at Quinsigamond Community College in Massachusetts and Drummer has served as executive director of Oakton Community College’s Advancement and the Educational Foundation since 2001. Oakton Community College is located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. 

There was a press release written in advance of Drummer’s visit to the campus today, but the one announcing Allen’s visit in earlier this month was sent after his visit.

Michael Kozlowski, director of public relations and marketing for the Board of Regents, said there was a miscommunication about who was sending out the announcement about Allen’s visit and as a result it never got sent.

QVCC has provided access to all three finalists’ resumes on its website, http://qvcc.edu/search/.

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posted by: GBear423 | May 14, 2014  2:29pm

GBear423

and this is a shock to nobody.

“*Michael Kozlowski*, director of public relations and .... as a result it never got sent.”

Kozlowski??  Isnt that the eyeball from Monsters Inc?  Well anyways, it never was sent cause the guy isn’t getting the job! der!

posted by: Common Sense | May 14, 2014  3:33pm

There will be a lot more discussion “on whether Don Williams bid for the job is politically correct?”  Let’s nope Gov. Malloy stays out of the selection process. Realistically, how did Williams qualify as on the the “top three candidates for the job?”

posted by: Salmo | May 14, 2014  11:18pm

This is nothing more than a cruel joke.

posted by: art vandelay | May 15, 2014  5:30am

art vandelay

Why am I not surprised. Rewarded for his work with a perk job & nice pension. Happened to Bill Cibes why not Don Williams. It’s the “Good Ole Boy” network in full operation.

posted by: GBear423 | May 15, 2014  6:51am

GBear423

This is very sad. 

Today there is a Community Stakeholder Open Forum from 1:30-2:30 in the QVCC auditorium.  Attend and voice your opinion and ask this “candidate” why he thinks he is more qualified for a $172,000.00 year job in education than the other educator applicants.

posted by: dano860 | May 15, 2014  7:25am

Malloy can stay out, Donny has his clone Mae Flexer on the board of QVCC. There is no doubt as to how she will vote, just as in the past she only votes as Donny directs her. She was his vote in the House of Reps and now she thinks she can replace him in the Senate. Without his guidance she is a fish out of water.
This is another sham job search like the one for New Britain Mayor Tim O’Brian, these guys just magically reappear in some sweet position that pads their pension. The one the State is in arrears on now.
Oh ya, I forgot there wasn’t a search for O’Brian’s job. Oh well!

posted by: Kathy Lauretano | May 15, 2014  8:58am

So, Democrat Senator Don Williams is one of the finalists to be Quinebaug County Community College President. And who is the Chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee? Democrat Rep. Roberta Willis of Salisbury. Gee, who do YOU suppose is going to land that cushy and lucrative State job after leaving the one he has been in for so many years, devoting himself to ruining the state?  And of course the “miscommunication” about candidate Allen’s visit was purely an accident.

posted by: Common Sense | May 15, 2014  9:37am

This is another vivid example of why Connecticut “is going to pot.”  A political failure is now qualified to be an education success.  More people will qualify for medical marijuana to ease the pain of this political hoax. Nothing good ever emerges from the Malloy administration.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | May 15, 2014  12:32pm

OK, I read the resumes of the three finalists. I have only one question: how on earth did Donald Williams get to be one of them? (No need for anybody to respond, I know the answer.)