Morris Brown News 8-14-12




Atlanta, GA (August 6, 2012) – Morris Brown College is proud to announce Bishop Preston W. Williams II as the newly appointed Chairman of the Morris Brown College Board of Trustees. For the next four years (2012-2016), Bishop Williams will govern the 522 A.M.E. Churches throughout the state of Georgia and will also serve as Chairman of the Board of Turner Theological Seminary located at 702 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., in Atlanta.

Bishop Williams brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and educational expertise to Morris Brown College. Born in the southern town of Willacoochee, Georgia, as a youth Bishop Williams attended Morris Brown College and Southeastern University. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), and attended Yale University Divinity School, earning his Doctorate Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary at American University in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Williams states, “As a community, it’s time to renew our commitment to the mission for which Morris Brown College was founded; which is the enlightenment of bright minds and the fulfillment of hungry souls. We will examine every area of Morris Brown College, from its finances, faculty and facilities to its campus, courses and curriculum. Over the next four years we will seek to enhance every aspect of Morris Brown College life. In great part this will be made possible through the time, talent and treasure of the entire Sixth Episcopal District and Connectional A.M.E. Church. We look forward to accomplishing the work that lies ahead and are grateful for your steadfast prayers and support!”

Bishop Williams’ illustrious career spans more than five decades. During his pastoral tenure in Georgia, he was actively involved in Atlanta’s Board of Education, serving 19 years in various capacities as President, Vice President, Chairman of the Superintendent Search Committee, and Chairman of the Finance committee. His effective and thriving pastorates include Bethel A.M.E. Church (Augusta); St Mark A.M.E. Church (Athens); Paradise A.M.E. Church (Jefferson, GA); and Allen Temple, Trinity, St. Mark, and St. Paul (16 years) A.M.E. Churches in Atlanta, GA.

In 2000, Bishop Williams was consecrated as the 119th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and appointed by the Church to Central Africa, where he flourished. Bishop Williams presided over the 17th Episcopal District which includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), the Congo Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi. Under Bishop Williams’ leadership the 17th District grew by more than 100,000 members causing it to be split into two separate districts – adding the 20th District to the African continent.

Prior to returning to his home state of Georgia, Bishop Williams served from 2004-2012 as the Presiding Prelate of the 7th Episcopal District (South Carolina). There, for eight years Bishop Williams led the 7th District with evangelism and education as the focus of his administration. In addition to helping the District grow and prosper, one of the key achievements of his tenure in South Carolina was the advancement of Allen University. Bishop Williams ushered in a renaissance at Allen University by procuring $30 million dollars for the construction of two new dormitories, the renovation of the Center for Educational Excellence, Chappelle Administration Building, Gibbs Science Hall, and Sons of Allen Chapel, the hiring of new faculty and staff, the expansion of the curriculum, the increase of student enrollment, the stabilization of finances, and the overall advancement of every area of university life.

Dr. Stanley Pritchett, President of Morris Brown College, states, “We welcome Bishop Williams back to the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and his alma mater Morris Brown College. With his invaluable guidance, we will continue making great strides toward restoring Morris Brown as a vibrant and viable institution of higher learning. We will also continue making progress in our quest for the reaccreditation of the College and with Bishop Williams’ focus on fiscal strength and financial accountability, we look forward to achieving this goal in the very near future.”

Bishop Williams is married to Wilma Delores Webb Williams of Leeds, Alabama and they are the immensely proud parents of four adult children: Arnold Andre, Wilma Pricilla, Stella Jacinta, and Prestina Delores.

Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, a long-standing force in the Atlanta community who has retired to the position of private consulting, former Vice President of the National Alliance of Business and a presidential appointee as Director of the United States Community Service Administration, remains as the Vice Chair of the Morris Brown College Board of Trustees.