Dr. Creg Williams
From Vince Schoemehl:
We had great candidates for SLPS superintendent but (and I speak only for myself) the determining factors were:
- "Strong dogs have strong pups" this is a theory I've often used when recruiting people. Find the best practitioner and raid their team as high up the food chain as you can. In Sunday's Post Paul Vallas, the CEO who has been at the national cutting edge of school change in Chicago and Philadelphia speaks glowingly of Creg. The fact that Creg was promoted through the ranks in Chicago and then recruited to Philadelphia by Vallas meant a lot to me.
- He knows his material This was very clear in every session (the Board had three private sessions with each of the finalists plus two public forums) Creg knows the methodologies necessary to effect academic improvement and I am hopeful that many of the curriculum and organizational changes we have implemented over the past 21 months will fit with his program.
- Great spokesperson He knows the material and he knows his message and he seems capable of communicating in sound bites that have content; an important skill for this position.
- His first CEO position Some see this as a weakness; I see it as strength. While Creg has been trained by the best and while he has had very expansive responsibilities he’s never been THE superintendent. But he’s energetic and he'll be extremely motivated to make St. Louis a screaming success story. Given our continuing budget challenges the troubles at SLPS are a long way from over and I was influenced by the fact that Creg will be highly motivated to make this work.
You can read more about Dr. Creg Williams at http://www.slps.org/
by Brian Marston on Sun., Feb 27, 2005 at 11:38 AM
He should be great. He was impressive in the session I was in. The worst thing to say about him is that he's such a strong candidate, that he might not stay as long as people might hope.
But let's be clear on one thing. There were three great candidates ;) and one nightmare.
I am especially glad to get someone with a full educational background as well. While I think Superintendents from other fields can be appropriate, in the case of Saint Louis, the initial management work is done and the primary challenge now is student achievement. And he's the guy, as Vince points out, that worked for Vallas who wasn't the educational guy. Creg was--especially in Philly and that record is pretty amazing. He's the guy who was organizing the educational program and in Chicago he was the high school leader. And, wow, does the SLPS need to work on the High Schools.
[Posted by ArchPundit
on Mon., Mar 7, 2005 at 12:12 PM]
I am a student at UMSL, but also a resident of Old North St. Louis, not far from Vashon High School. The children in our neighborhood have long been underserved by their own high school. But, today I saw the students from Vashon, under Dr. Williams new program on campus today. They fit in perfectly; they acted with class and respect. You would have never known they were not college students. I am really proud of them, and I hope this program is successful, we enjoy having them on campus.
[Posted by Whitney Baldwin
on Thu., Jan 26, 2006 at 2:05 PM]