Many new faces have graced the halls of Wilson this year, and they do not only belong to students. The new dean of students, Dr. Marybeth Williams, counts herself among the new members of the Wilson family.
Williams, who would prefer students to call her Dean Marybeth or just Marybeth, comes to Wilson College from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she acted as associate dean of students for seven years. Williams seems excited about her new position at Wilson.
“I wanted to stay in a small school environment because that’s where I was and I went to school at a small private liberal arts college,” said Williams.
Wilson appealed to Williams for many reasons.
“One was the Women with Children program,” she said. “As a single mom of three, that is a cool program.”
In addition, Williams likes the loan buyback program and Wilson’s commitment to first generation college students.
“I was a first generation college student and so I’m really drawn to schools that speak my language, where I can help people like me,” said Williams. “It’s kind of the whole reason I got into education anyway.”
Williams also expresses enthusiasm in becoming part of Wilson’s upcoming growth and brings many new ideas for positive change to campus. Her ideas involve safety and security, the dining hall, and the continued parking issue.
“We have to figure out which one will have to grow first,” said Williams.
Students should feel free to talk with Williams. She makes an effort to eat lunch with the students every day and maintains an open door policy. So, stop by and introduce yourself if you have not already done so. Express your thoughts about Wilson. Williams offers students advice or a listening ear. She wants to help in any way that she can.