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ASU educator gets endowment honor

ASU Chair of the Department of Nursing and Teacher of the Year for 2010-11, Cathy Williams, left, was recognized as the first Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing during a ceremony Tuesday at Eula Lovett Hall. Abiodun Ojemakinde, ASU vice president of office of academic affairs, is seen at right.

ASU Chair of the Department of Nursing and Teacher of the Year for 2010-11, Cathy Williams, left, was recognized as the first Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing during a ceremony Tuesday at Eula Lovett Hall. Abiodun Ojemakinde, ASU vice president of office of academic affairs, is seen at right.

ALBANY, Ga. — Dr. Cathy Williams was honored by Albany State University officials Tuesday, with ASU’s first endowed chair, The Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing.

The endowed chair is funded by the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chairs Trust through Bank of America. The trust provides a 50 percent supplement to Williams’ salary.

“Being selected for the establishment of the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing is a tremendous honor for Albany State University,” said ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman. “We are grateful to be recognized for our academic excellence and our commitment to students through the establishment of this endowed chair.”

Williams earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at ASU and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the Medical College of Georgia. From August 2010 until present, she taught at the university as an associate professor, after which she was named Chair of the Department of Nursing. She was recently nominated for the endowed chair honor by Dr. Linda Grimsley, the former chair of Nursing. Grimsley now serves as assistant V.P. for Academic affairs.

Williams was Teacher of the Year in the Department of Nursing, and College of Sciences and Health Professions in 2009 and 2010. She was Albany State University Teacher of the Year, 2010-2011.

“We were delighted to nominate Dr. Williams for the very first endowed chair at Albany State University,” said Clifford Porter Jr., Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “While writing the proposal for the endowed chair, I was especially impressed by Dr. Williams’ philosophy on teaching and learning coupled with her outstanding career as an educator and as a practicing nurse.”

According to university sources, the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Trust was established September 20,1968, by the Callaway Foundation, Inc. with the purpose of encouraging the enrichment of the academic program of senior colleges and graduate schools located in Georgia by providing funds for the establishment of professorial chairs at such institutions in order to enable them to retain and add superior faculty members.

“Learning is a lifelong process,” Williams said. “I am proud to be a dynamic contributor to the students’ learning process. I know that I am successful as a teacher when students state that they have learned and I can see evidence that they use critical thinking skills in the application of the new knowledge that they have gained.”