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APSU, Stewart County officials roast Dr. Al Williams

Dr. Al Williams, professor of education at Austin Peay, found himself in the hot seat during a surprise roast held in his honor.

The roast, organized by the University and officials from the Stewart County School System, was held at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, in the University Center Ballroom.

Williams was honored for 50 years in education, including 36 years at Austin Peay.
Dr. Al Williams, professor of education at Austin Peay, found himself in the “hot seat” during a surprise roast held in his honor.

The roast, organized by the University and officials from the Stewart County School System, was held at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, in the University Center Ballroom.

Williams was honored for 50 years in education, including 36 years at Austin Peay.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Joe Filippo, assistant vice president for academic affairs, praised Williams' dedication and his “ability to move forward, even during challenging times.” Filippo and Williams began their careers at APSU in 1968. Of his longtime colleague, Filippo proclaimed Williams was “forever young.”

Dr. Phillip Wallace, director of schools for Stewart County, presented Williams with a plaque honoring his 25 years of service to the county's school system, calling him “one of the outstanding educators in Tennessee.” Wallace added, “People always seem to come and go, but Al Williams is one steady force.”

Bob Russell, curriculum supervisor for the Stewart County School System and a former student of Williams, paid tribute to a teacher he said “always respected his students.”

“Hard work became a pleasure in his class,” said Russell. “I never heard one cross word from a student about Dr. Williams.”

Francis Carson, financial manager and vocational director for Stewart County Schools, told Williams: “You are more than a teacher. You're a guide and an inspiration.”

An informal reception followed the roast as colleagues gathered to congratulate Williams.
—Rebecca Mackey