OC president named to Achieving the Dream board

Odessa College President Gregory Williams has been named to the board of directors of Achieving the Dream.

Since becoming President in 2007, Williams has led Odessa College through a major transformation, launching and completing a $78 million campus wide new building and renovation program and initiating a number of programs designed to enhance community and student engagement.

The college offers 110 degrees and certificates on its main campus in Odessa and in extension centers in Andrews, Monahans and Pecos. Odessa College enrolls over 8,200 students annually, a news release said.

Under Williams’ leadership, the college has broken every major record in enrollment, retention, and fundraising. In 2018, Odessa was named a co-winner of the Leah Meyer Austin Award, Achieving the Dream’s highest honor given to a network institution in recognition of its work to improve student success.

The college was named an Aspen Institute Top 10 Community College in 2017, then received the Aspen Institute’s 2017 Rising Star Award for Community College Excellence, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2017 Star Award for the program Eight Week Terms: A Pathway to 60x30TX.

Williams serves or has served on a number of local, state and national boards.