“The first thing I want to say is that I believe in our students; I believe in our teachers, and I believe in our school system,” the new District 4 board member Tammie Williams told those who gathered at the BOE office for her official oath of office ceremony. “When you believe in something, it makes work easier.”
St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson administered the oath of office to Williams.
Board members, as well as the city’s Mayor Bill Hereford, attended the ceremony.
“I want to welcome everyone today on behalf of Dr. (Bobby) Hathcock,” Assistant Superintendent Michael Barber told those in attendance.
Hathcock was out of state.
Barber said Friday’s ceremony and reception was bitter sweet. Williams will complete the board term for the late Mike Price, who died unexpectedly in Tuscaloosa almost one month ago.
The board, many of who members had served almost 10 years with Price, selected Williams, one of three candidates who volunteer to serve Price’s unexpired board term, which ends November 12, 2012.
“Mrs. Williams is a wonderful, wonderful selection,” Barber said.
Williams placed her hand on a large family Bible and raised her right had into the air as Robinson began to administer her oath of office.
Williams husband, Ron, and her mother, Alma Doleman, stood next to her, and her two children, Tameron and Andrew, and niece, Nia Bailey, stood behind her as she was sworn into office.
After taking her oath of office, Williams thanked her mother and late father Cleveland Doleman for instilling in her the “value of knowledge and education.”
Williams, who is employed by Alabama Power Company, holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a master’s degree in business administration from Samford University in Birmingham.
Williams also thanked Melvin Gillison and Robert Simmons, who also applied for the District 4 slot, saying the two men stepped up when they were needed.
“I want to thank the board for their confidence in me,” Williams added. “This is an appointment I do not take lightly.”
She said Price was a neighbor and good friend and her appointment to the board is “extremely humbling.”
“I’m honored and proud to take up his passion,” Williams said to those who attended her oath of office ceremony. “I’m ready and eager to learn… And I appreciate your love and support.”
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