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Arthur Williams receive South Carolina State University Stellar Alumni Award Recognition

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Arthur L. “Art” Williams received the South Carolina State University Stellar Alumni Award for Government. The ceremony was held on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg at the Barbara Vaughn Fine Art Center Auditorium. Williams is a 1992 graduate of South Carolina State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. While there, he was also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Williams received the honor in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of government and his continued commitment and support to South Carolina State University. “I am extremely honored to be recognized by the university for my accomplishments and support,” he said. “But what I do for the university is my way of giving back. As an alumnus, that’s what I’m supposed to do. I’m proud to support SC State so that students have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. It is our responsibility to uplift our young people and help them to realize their dreams.
“I’m just doing what I can to help support current, and future students have the best chance in reaching their desired success in life.”
Williams is a native of Green Pond, SC. He is the son of the late John and Sylvia Davis Williams. He is a 1974 Graduate of Walterboro High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps for four years, becoming one of the first Marines to ever make it to the level of Drill Instructor in two years, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Williams also earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from Beaufort Technical College, a Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree in Education Administration, and an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) degree in Educational Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Williams has more than 30 years of executive management experience in government and the private sector, providing leadership, motivation, strategic planning, finance, public relations, customer service, and career development. He said he has had the pleasure to work as a public servant in various positions such as, County Administrator (CAO) for Colleton 1998 and Allendale 2004, County Engineer, Public Works Director, Capital Projects Coordinator, Public Affairs Specialist (USDA) 2010, High and Middle School Assistant Principal and President/CEO of Meineke Car Care Center dba MOJO, Inc. In 1996 Williams was elected to the Colleton County School Board and in 2018 Colleton County Council. He is Vice President of the Colleton County Alumni Chapter and a Life Members of SCSUNAA, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Incorporated, and the NAACP. He officiated MEAC Football for 28 years in support of student-athletes and also officiated in the Arena Football league. “One of my greatest joy was having the opportunity to see and support the talents of student-athletes especially students my home community at various levels of football and athletics,” said Williams.
Williams will be featured in the South Carolina State University National Alumni 2020 Stellar Calendar in September, which was unveiled at the award ceremony. The purpose of the Calendar project is twofold. First, it highlights stellar alumni from their prospective career field in 12 categories, which includes the arts, engineering, athletics, law, business, military, community service, medicine, education, religion, government, and science/technology. The proceeds from the sale of each calendar also go toward the National Alumni Association Student Scholarship. Williams participated in the 2020 Stellar Alumni Calendar unveiling and autograph calendar signing following the ceremony.
Williams was joined at the ceremony by over a dozen of his close family and friends, including his wife, children, grandchildren, and supportive friends from his home community to celebrate his recognition and the calendar unveiling. Central Williams fellow alumni and president of the Colleton County South Carolina State University Alumni Chapter, who nominated Williams was also in attendance.
“I first met Art when he was coaching my son’s little league baseball team. He showed an interesting way back then of working with our youths and giving back to our community,” said Central Williams. “He continues to give back to our community and be of service to the university. Not only is he the Vice President of the Colleton County Alumni Chapter, but he is also a STATE Club Board Member and gives at the Millennium Level to support the university. It was with great pleasure that I nominate him for the recognition in the area of government for his professional achievements, community service leadership and unweaving support to the university.”
Williams is married to Leila ’86 M.S., and they have a son Dr. A Maurice (Tina) and daughter Sylvia Joy ’07 ’10 (Romeo). They have three grandchildren, Noah, Julia, and Clara. Williams is also a member and trustee at Lighthouse Tabernacle in Green Pond, SC.
To obtain a 2020 calendar, please contact Colleton County South Carolina State University Alumni Chapter President Central Williams at (843) 893-7135.

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