That one statement launched her on a path down the Internet technologies and services rabbit hole, and it might just be what launched her on the path to her new position as Pellissippi State Community College’s vice president of Information Services.
“In this new position,” she said, “my job is to make sure all of our students have the technology they need to learn, that faculty have all the technology they need to teach, and that everyone who works here has the technology they need to do their jobs.”
Williams has worked at Pellissippi State since 1999. She’s served as an instructional technology specialist and, most recently, as director of Educational Technology Services.
But she says she got her start in Internet technology at the American Museum of Science and Energy, where she worked in the 1990s and where she first learned about what was then the revolutionary phenomenon of the Internet.
“The Internet and all of that related technology is ubiquitous now,” Williams said. “We can’t do our jobs without it. But then, I was working at AMSE as the Web was just emerging, and I told my boss we should be on it. I sat at a computer with an ‘HTML for Dummies’ book and tapped out code, and I created an exhibit on the Web for AMSE. I brought the museum into this age.
“I feel like I grew up with the Internet, because I’ve been so involved with it from its beginning.”
Williams says her love of technology has carried her through a series of jobs, and it will continue to evolve in the new one as vice president of Information Services.
“I want to keep a few of my tech projects even as a vice president,” Williams said. “Those are what I love, and I don’t want to give them away, like serving as the administrator of many of the college’s blog pages.”
In her new position, Williams’ goals are to maintain the already high standard of service among the three areas she will oversee — Educational Technology Services, Networking and Technical Services, and Application Programming Support — and increase communications to students and employees about the many technological services Pellissippi State can boast.
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