Regina Williams elected Harper Woods school board president

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published January 25, 2017

HARPER WOODS — At the first school board meeting of the new year, the Harper Woods District Schools Board of Education swore in its new members elected in November and elected its board officers. This included a new board president: returning Trustee Regina Williams.

The position is a one-year term, and a president is elected or re-elected each year. Williams will serve as the first African-American president of the Harper Woods school board. Each trustee who is elected to the board serves for four years.

“I am very honored and privileged to become the first African-American to hold the position of school board president in the Harper Woods Schools District,” she said. “I thank the people in the community for electing me to serve a second term. I am also thankful for the trust and confidence in me that my fellow school board members have in selecting me for their school board president. This will be my fifth year as a member of the school board, and my 21st year as a teacher in the field of education.”

Williams said that although she is honored to be breaking new ground, her priority as president will continue to be providing a solid education for the community’s youth. 

“I am the first African-American school board president in Harper Woods, but my becoming president had nothing to do with race. I wanted to be school board president because of my dedication to the students. It is an honor, though, to be the first African-American president in the district, and I look forward to continue to serve the district.”

In addition to Williams, Trustee Tabithia Mahone was elected board vice president and Trustee Angela Fenderson was elected secretary. All three positions are selected by a vote of the seven-person board.

Williams said she wants to set clear goals for the new year to maintain and grow the school district.

“The first big project we will have is to find a new superintendent for the district, since Todd Biederwolf is stepping down at the end of the year,” said Williams. “My main focus is to make sure we have a strong superintendent search. The other focus I want to get momentum on in the coming year is improving academics.”