Former Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) interim superintendent Dr. Ben Williams started work this week with Wilson County Schools. Dr. Williams, who was an Area Superintendent for JCPS, also served as interim superintendent from January 14 – June 30, 2020.
Dr. Williams began work July 1st with Wilson County Schools as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. Williams said he looks forward to the challenges of his new job and will always have fond memories of his time in Johnston County. He said the timing wasn’t right for him to apply for the superintendent vacancy in JCPS. “I am also excited for the opportunity for me professionally in Wilson County. They had a vacancy that came open. It is a smaller school district but it has many of the same challenges a larger school district has to deal with.”
Reflecting on his time in JCPS, Williams said, “I feel like things went well as interim. It’s hard for me to express all my love for Johnston County. I was a student in Johnston County and graduated from North Johnston High School. I had the opportunity to work 20 of my 21 years in education in Johnston County. The relationships I have made in the school system and around the county for those who partner with the school system, I will never lose those relationships. I am very appreciative of the opportunity given to me. Johnston County is a special place with strong resolve. We have shown that when we work together among our schools, students, families, and communities there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. We are certainly better together.”
Dr. Williams is a military veteran, husband, and father. He and his family will still live in Pine Level. He hopes the new assistant superintendent position will help prepare him for superintendent of a school district in the future. ” It will help me professionally to be ready for the superintendent’s seat when it becomes ready.”
“Dr. Williams brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Wilson County Schools. We are excited for him to join our district family,” said Superintendent Dr. Lane Mills. “His role as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services is a vital component of our school system. His leadership, empathy and work ethic are without question, and we look forward to the impact he will have on our students, staff and community.”
Dr. Williams had been paid $97,607 as Area Superintendent for Johnston County Public Schools. His starting salary with Wilson County Schools is $125,000.