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      ASU announces first endowed chair

      Dr. Cathy Williams is ASU's first endowed chair / Sarah Bleau

      It's a first for Albany State University.

      ASU announced their first endowed chair, The Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing, to Dr. Cathy Williams. 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.

      Williams recently became Chair of the Department of Nursing and was also named ASU Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.

      The university selected Williams for the endowed chair after impressing the committee with her philosophy on teaching and learning along with her outstanding career as an educator and practicing nurse, according to Clifford Porter, Jr., Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

      "I'm elated, ecstatic, overwhelmed, very proud that the university would chose me to fulfill this role and have that kind of faith that I will do it and do it successfully," says Williams.

      She says she did not expect that she would be announced as the endowed chair; she says she thought the university was having a press conference about the Dean of the Department of Nursing.

      "If I wasn't a nurse I would say I'm speechless, but nurses are never speechless," says Williams.

      She was also recently awarded the HRSA Workforce Diversity Grant, which will provide $311,000 annually to the Department of Nursing for three years. Williams says the money will be going back to the students in numerous fashions.

      The newly named Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair earned an associate degree in nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1984, the same year she was licensed as a registered nurse. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in nursing in 1992 and Master's Degree in Nursing in 1997 both from ASU. Williams graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2007.

      The full press release from Albany State University can be read below:

      Albany State University officials announced today ASU's first endowed chair.

      The Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing is funded by the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chairs Trust through Bank of America. The trust provides a 50 percent supplement to the Callaway Endowed Chair's 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."

      The first Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair of Nursing, Dr. Cathy Williams, recently became chair of the Department of Nursing. Williams was also named ASU Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.

      "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."

      Williams earned an associate degree in nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1984, the same year she was licensed as a registered nurse. She continued her studies at Albany State University, earning a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1992 and a master's degree in nursing in 1997. In 2007, Williams graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

      Williams began teaching at Albany State University in 2005 as an assistant professor. In 2010 she was promoted to the rank of associate professor. From 2007 to 2010, Williams served as the coordinator of the ASU undergraduate nursing program. In 2010 she became the director of the Nursing Department. Last month, Williams was named chair of the Nursing Department.

      "Learning is a lifelong process. I am proud to be a dynamic contributor to the student's learning process," Williams wrote about her teaching and learning philosophy. "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."


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