From Cruise Missiles to Career Academy – Dr. Chris Williams, newly hired Principal

July 7, 2014

THINC College & Career Academy continues to move forward, as they hire their first principal, Dr. Chris Williams. With nine years of teaching experience, six years of Navy leadership, and five years in the corporate sector, working in the IT field, Williams was the perfect choice for the position.

Troup County’s first and only College and Career Academy, THINC helps shape students into highly desirable employees and college applicants. Students are equipped with technical and career-specific skills and understand the soft skills of business – a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills.

THINC is unique – all career pathways focus on high demand fields and skills, like Mechatronics, Engineering, Energy and Healthcare.  Because of Chris’  education and work experience in IT, Science and Math, he is equipped to not only challenge the students, but the faculty and staff.

“I entered the teaching profession to help kids see their potential to succeed,” says Williams. “That’s exactly what I want to see happen at THINC. As THINC’s principal, I will lead a team of highly qualified, innovative instructors to create the best learning environment for students.”

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LaGrange College, a Master’s in Teaching from LaGrange College, and a Doctorate of Education from Columbus State University. He also received the Education Specialist from Columbus and was chosen as the 21st century classroom representative for Gardner Newman Middle School.

In addition to his pedagogical expertise, Dr. Williams is well-informed about today’s technology. After high school, he worked with one of the Navy’s two most technologically advanced systems, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon System. After leading a team of six men aboard the USS Paul F. Foster during Desert Storm, Dr. Williams worked in IT for Trackmobile, Federal Mogul, and Interface Flooring.

“With his stock of experience,” says John Asbell, THINC governing board chair, “Chris will certainly steer THINC in the right direction.”