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Panther STEPS Director Dr. Mary Williams to Speak at 2012 Honors and Award Convocation

Apr 02, 2012
Dr. Mary Williams, director of the Claflin University Panther STEPS program, will be the keynote speaker of the 2012 Honors and Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 3.

The Convocation is held annually to recognize academic excellence during the past spring and fall semesters for the School of Business, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Education and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. 

Williams joined Claflin this January to lead the establishment of the Panther STEPS program.  It was developed as Claflin’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) during the reaffirmation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last year.  The five-year plan calls for a multi-faceted approach to heighten freshman grades and retention rates by enhancing entry level courses, creating more orientation classes, engaging students in community service and better preparing them for academic success.    

Williams has more than 20 years of higher education experience.  At Florida Memorial University, she was also dean of the School of Arts and Science, division chair and assistant professor of sociology.  She has worked at institutions in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia.  Her grant writing has garnered more than $2.5 million in funding.  Additionally, Williams is a private education consultant in a variety of higher education areas.

The Convocation will start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Center.  For more information, please contact Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff, assistant vice president for leadership development, by phone at (803) 535-5400 or by e-mail at


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