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Williamson moves into Business Division chair
Dr. Dean Williamson has learned about leadership
throughout his career, which led from the U.S.
Navy to his family’s
business and the newspaper industry before serving in various positions in
Williamson also has written and taught about leadership, and he looks to
use both those elements to lead Brewton-Parker College’s Division of
Business as its new chair.
A prime example of hard work, very bright intellectual potential and exemplary
achievement intersect in the person of Dr. Dean Williamson,” said Dr.
David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker’s president, who worked with Williamson
at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.
I have known Dr. Williamson for more than a decade, and I’ve seen him
tackle impossible circumstances and derive great personal and institutional
success from them. I am very proud to see this gifted man accept the important
role of leader in our Division of Business,” Dr. Smith said.
Williamson has been Brewton-Parker’s executive director of Planning and
Institutional Research since 2002, a position he will continue to hold while
leading the Business Division.
Williamson began at Brewton-Parker in 1999 as its director of Public Relations.
One of his responsibilities involved service on a committee for the college’s
Centennial Scholars Program, which was based on teaching leadership through
During that time, he also began working on his doctoral studies at Regent
University in Virginia Beach, Va., which he completed in 2003. His doctoral
studied the development of stewardship relationships between managers and
One of Williamson’s immediate concerns is the Business Division’s
work in launching the Cohort Degree-Completion Program with the Office of External
Williamson also has taught both leadership and journalism courses at Brewton-Parker
and looks to assist the administration in developing and implementing an
Interdisciplinary Leadership Program. The envisioned program will involve
courses to provide
a theoretical foundation and internship opportunities to solidify the knowledge
The college’s Division of Business offers programs with concentrations
in business administration, accounting, information systems, and management.
The areas will soon expand as opportunities are provided through the discipline
Williamson worked in various positions at several newspapers in his native
Texas, including posts as editor and publisher. “I have always worked
in communities where higher education was important,” he said.
He moved into public relations at Wayland Baptist in 1996, where he worked
for three years before moving to Brewton-Parker.
I enjoyed being around students, working with them through student publications
and through the Public Relations Office,” Williamson said, adding that
he worked on committees for self-study in the accreditation process. He also
earned a master of business administration degree in management from Wayland
and became inspired in educational leadership by the university’s president,
Dr. Wallace Davis.
Williamson recently completed certification in institutional research, which
provides skills used during the processes involved with the college’s
reporting to numerous external agencies.