Oxnard College is pleased to welcome educational leader Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D.
(OXNARD, Calif.) May 23, 2017 –
Oxnard College President Cynthia E. Azari announced the appointment of Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D., as Director of Project Acabado, an HSI Title III STEM grant initiative to enhance student participation, transfer articulation and success in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Williams assumed her new position May 1, 2017.
An accomplished leader, Williams’ strengths include organizational development, systems design and strategic partnerships. She has led an impressive career in both teaching and administration within the P-20 (Preschool through Graduate level) California education system over the past 26 years. Previously, she served as Regional Director of the Ventura County Office of Education, as the Chief Education Officer for the California STEM Learning Network, as Director of Special Projects for Somis Union School District, and, most recently, as co-founder of and principal lead for Solve for Pattern, an educational consulting firm that links STEM teaching, learning and employment.
Williams is known for artfully and innovatively building connections between classrooms and communities. She has a successful track record in leading collaborative projects with educators, entrepreneurs and civic partners. She is a founding member of the Ventura County STEM Regional Network and is the author of many successful grant proposals and sector publications, including the Clinton Global Initiative’s Commitment to Action: Ignition Points for the STEAM Generation.
"I am proud to welcome Dr. Klein Williams to Oxnard College," said Azari. "With more than 20 years of experience, we look forward to her strategic thinking and leadership capability coming to bear in our STEM programming and institutional advancement."
Williams’ academic credentials include a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University, a master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies also from CSUN. She currently serves as the President of the Channel Islands Foundation and sits on the board of Two Bit Circus Foundation, an entrepreneurial tech, design and engineering firm. Williams is a native of Ventura County and enjoys spending free time with her family. She has four children, all of whom work within STEM fields along the California coast (she hopes that one moves into teaching at some point).
Established in 1975, Oxnard College is a fully accredited California Community College (part of the Ventura County Community College District), providing approximately 7,000 students a year with academically excellent undergraduate study and career technical education programs. Students may choose from more than 60 educational disciplines, culminating in transfer degrees, associate degrees and certificates. Oxnard College has strong transfer partnerships with the University of California and California State University systems, as well as private universities and colleges. To learn more, please visit www.oxnardcollege.edu