Amid blizzard conditions, Northeastern Baptist College trustees confirmed Dr. Lee Williams as senior vice president/dean of academics and professor of history during their March 13-14 meeting in Bennington, Vt. 

Williams will be joining Northeastern’s administration July 1 as the college’s second dean, preceded by Dr. Brian Harmon.

“It is difficult to express the excitement I feel at the privilege of joining God in a work that is changing New England,” Williams said. “The administration, faculty, staff and students have been carefully selected by the Spirit to accomplish a mission ‘which you would not believe, though it were told you.’ God's grace in giving me this opportunity is truly overwhelming.”

Williams has been on the faculty at the College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas, since 2007, most recently serving as senior associate dean and associate professor of history. 

He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in U.S. and European history from the University of Arizona with a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University. He has also taught on the faculties of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and Henan University of Science & Technology in Luoyon, China.

“We are excited Dr. Lee Williams is joining the NEBC staff,” said Board Chairman Phil Waldrep. “His experience and commitment will help us impact the Northeast in a greater way.” 

Board of trustee elections included Phil Waldrep as the new board chairman and Doug Echols as the board vice chairman.

The board of trustees also adopted the second seven-year phase of NEBC’s 28-year strategic plan. “Firming the Foundation for the Future” has concluded, moving into phase two, “Forming the Framework for the Future.” 

This second phase includes twelve unique steps that Northeastern plans to accomplish over the next seven years. These steps will focus on the expansion of NEBC’s financial stability, academic offerings, student body and campus facilities. In launching this campaign, NEBC hopes to see God glorified through this institution in the pattern of Haggai 1:8 where the Lord says, “Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified.”

In light of the strategic plan second phase, NEBC president Mark Ballard sees the new administration appointment as both timely and providential. 

“As we launch into the second phase of our 28-year strategic plan for impacting the Northeast, there is no question in my mind that the Lord has uniquely prepared Dr. Williams to join our Executive Team for ‘such a time as this,’” Ballard said.

“Dr. Williams brings a wealth of experience that will aid NEBC as we build upon our foundation to ‘Form the Framework for the Future.’ We rejoice at the Father’s provision of Dr. Williams to serve as our senior vice president.” 

Northeastern Baptist College was founded in 2013, offers bachelor and associate degrees, and is strategically located in Bennington, Vt.

Sarah Carr is the communications specialist at Northeastern Baptist College.