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The Chronicle
Volume39,Number24 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 7, 2013
Native
takes
reins
at Fisk
BY LAYLA GARMS
THE CHRONICLE
One of Winston-Salem's native
sons began his tenure as Fisk
University's 15th president last week.
Dr. H. James Williams assumed his
position at the helm of the esteemed
historically black university in
Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 2. Williams,
an East Forsyth alumnus and the third
of six children, was born in East
Winston and reared in the Twin City.
His parents, the Revs. Hubert and Lula
Williams, still live in the area.
"It feels wonderful. I really do feel
like this is a once in a lifetime oppor
t u n i t y,"
Williams
said of his
appoint
ment. "I
feel like
I'm in a
position
now that I
can really
make a
difference
... to an
institution
that has
this type
Dr. WUHsms
of longevity. 1 feel very blessed."
Officials at Fisk announced his
appointment in December, ending a
nearly yearlong search for President
Hazel O'Leary's replacement.
O'Leary, who is best known for serv
ing as President Clinton's energy sec
retary from 1993-1997, retired after
serving as Fisk's president sincfe 2004.
"Dr. Williams is the right person
for the job," O'Leary stated. "He
exhibits high energy, intellect and a
proven ability for fundraising. He is
committed to Fisk and is well posi
tioned to work successfully with the
business and academic communities in
Nashville and the nation."
Williams, who holds a collection
of degrees in higher education, includ
ing a juris doctorate, an MBA and a
Ph.D., comes to Fisk following a more
than eight-year stint as dean of the
Seidman College of Business at Grand
Valley State University in Allendale,
Mich.
"Our task was to identify the next
leader of Fisk who embodies the val
ues. skills, intellect, and proven busi
ness and academic leadership needed
to accelerate the progress made over
the last eight years," said Robert
Norton, chairman of Fisk's Board of
Trustees. "I am delighted that in Dr. H.
James Williams we have found such a
leader. His breadth and depth of expe
rience. multi-disciplined approach to
teaching and research and unwavering
commitment to the intellectual growth
of students, as well as, community
outreach, positions Dr. Williams to
lead Fisk at this critical time in its his
tory."
Williams, a father of two, also
See William* on A2
Photos by Todd Luck
City Council Member Derwin Montgomery addresses attendees at last week's town hall meeting.
UP FROM THE ASHES
Council Member to constituents: future bright for East Winston
BY TODD LUCK
?THE CHRONICLE
City Council Member
Derwin Montgomery honored
constituents for their past serv
ice while informing them of
the challenges ahead at his
first East Ward town hall meet
ing of the year.
The meeting drew a crowd
of dofcyis to United
Metropolitan Missionary
Church last Thursday evening.
One of the first pieces of busi
ness Montgomery addressed
was Davis Garage, which for
decades had been housed in a
historic former train station. In
recent years, the City had
made a push to boot the garage
from the property in order to
refurbish it into a transporta
tion hub for buses and possi
bly a streetcar and trains. The
Deloris Wall accepts her award from Derwin Montgomery.
prospect of such a project is
exciting to the residents of
East Winston, which has had
few economic development
opportunities.
"I am pleased to announce
here today that it is vacant ...
Mr. Davis and his company
have moved out of the facility,
and now we're in the process
<
of looking to what the future
will hold for that project and
that property." said
Montgomery, who said the
planning stage of the trans
portation hub project is ongo
ing.
Montgomery said he has
been meeting with property
owners and stakeholders since
June to chart out how proper
ties on Martin Luther King Jr
Drive near the proposed hub
would fare once improvements
are made. Montgomery said
he is "highly concerned" about
the possibility of gentrification
driving out current residents as
the community develops
"How do we transform this
neighborhood and bring in
some new opportunities here,
but also (have) opportunities
Set East Ward on A10
Friendly Competition
PV*o by I .ay I a Garw
Red Team Coach John Williams feigns
disgust at a referee over a call during the
Winston-Salem State University's Legacy
All Star Game last Friday. His animated
response elicited laughs from the audi
ence. The two parted smiling. Read more
about the game in the Feb. 14 edition of
The Chronicle.
Ph.D. student gathers experiences of
black women from around the world
BY LAYLA GARMS
THE CHRONICLE
Krishauna Hines-Gaither is
exploring the vastness of the African
Diaspora right here in her home
town.
The
University of
North Carolina
at Greensboro
doctoral student
has spent nearly
eight years
studying the
growing num
ber of local res
idents who have
Hines-Gaithrr
black skin but
are not African American. In her
studies, she has discovered blacks
who hail from all over the globe,
proof that the slave trade was truly a
global enterprise.
Hines-Gaither, who teaches
Panama native Avis Williams-Smith and
Sec Women or A3 her daughter, Arianette.
Rolling Hills community center opens to excitement
BY LAYLA GARMS
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For years. Rolling Hills resident Ramona
Hambrick has dreamt of having an on-site community
center, a place where she and her neighbors could
gather to fellowship and access learning resources
that could change the trajectory of their lives for the
better. She wanted it so badly that in 2010 she turned
her own apartment into such a place, welcoming
neighborhood children for tutoring sessions, enrich
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Far left: Assistant
Police ChieJ
Alonzo Thompson
addresses the
group.
Left: Ramona
Hamhrick stands
in front of New
Horizon Resource
Center.
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