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Honoring Dr. Felton Williams

Release Date: 2017-12-14

Dear Friends, 

This past Tuesday, I had the honor of recognizing Long Beach Unified School District Board Member, Dr. Felton Williams for being named 2017 Urban Educator of the Year by the Council of the Great City Schools. Dr. Felton Williams has been on the Long Beach Board of Education for more than 13 years, serving multiple terms as president and vice president of the 74,000-student school system’s policymaking body. Dr. Williams earned a master’s degree in business administration at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); obtained a Ph.D. in higher education at Claremont Graduate University, and served as the Dean of School of Business and Social Science at Long Beach City College (LBCC).

On October 19, 2017, eleven school board members from big-city school districts competed for the nation’s highest honor in urban education leadership, the Urban Educator of the Year, Green Garner Award; as expected, our very own Felton Williams, received the esteemed award at the Council of the Great City Schools’ 61st Annual Fall Conference in Cleveland. Congratulations again Dr. Williams and thank you for everything you do for students in Long Beach!

Williams has proved to be an integral leader in improving academic performance among students and has done so through multiple efforts: the planning and implementation of the district’s Academic and Career Success Initiative, the development of a program to increase the number of students of color pursuing Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, the launching of the district’s ethnic studies program, and his advocacy of the Long Beach College Promise which is recognized nationally and serves as a model for community colleges across California.

My staff and I work hard, daily, to ensure that the First District is a fun and safe place for all to live work and play. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please reach out to my office at 562-570-6919 or email district1@longbeach.gov. 

All my best,

Councilwoman, First District
City of Long Beach