Dr. Ben Williams Named New Interim School Superintendent

Dr. Ben Williams

SMITHFIELD – Following a closed session this evening (Monday) to discuss personnel issues, the Johnston County School Board released a statement at the conculsion of the meeting naming Area Superintendent Dr. Ben Williams as the new interim superintendent effective Tuesday, Jan. 14th. He will replace Brian Vetrano, Chief of Human Capital, who had been the interim since Friday, Jan. 10th when Dr. Jim Causby resigned suddenly.

Williams requested not to receive a pay increase from his current salary of $97,607.04 as Area Superintendent for Johnston County Schools.

Below is the statement issued Monday evening by the school board:

As a result of the sudden resignation on January 10, 2020, of Dr. Jim Causby as Interim Superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools, the Board of Education had to immediately identify an individual who would assume the duties of the school system as the acting Superintendent. Mr. Brian Vetrano was asked to serve in this capacity during this crucial time for planning and transition. The Board of Education would like to thank Mr. Vetrano for once again serving Johnston County Public Schools in this leadership capacity during an unexpected time of transition.

The Johnston County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Ben Williams as Interim Superintendent effective January 14, 2020, until June 30, 2020. Dr. Williams has served the district as a teacher, assistant principal, principal at all school levels, and most recently as an area assistant superintendent. Dr. Williams brings a wealth of experience during his 20 years of service to education.

Per Dr. Williams’ request, he will not receive a salary increase while serving as Interim Superintendent.

Dr. Williams is a native of Johnston County, a graduate of North Johnston High School, and a military veteran. Dr. Williams is also a husband and father.

“I look forward to the opportunity to help lead Johnston County Public Schools while the board conducts it search for a permanent Superintendent,” said Dr. Williams. “Johnston County Public Schools is a special place for me, and I am certain that the students, staff, and communities will work together to continue our long history of excellence.”