i ~ esoeoi^^ ?~????? Science fair shows students' boldness -See Page B1 75 cents K?ad?ssSS,c-??i^i:,?%. get Sa^orsyth County PuMX (ivrarV V ..*660 West Fifth Street O 111 CI Winston-Salem, NC 27HWy ^ selection ? ~3? -StePageA2 t\ ^ 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 THF. CHRONICLE ? I 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 See Center on AS ^ g I $ ?sg i ? - o -J f =E 3 O N =? a ? O ? O CD Z 1| ? 2 ^ 4 ptEWioj 4- s"Ss| ? S z u. 25 5 Photos b\ I ay la Garms Far left: Assistant Police ChieJ Alonzo Thompson addresses the group. Left: Ramona Hamhrick stands in front of New Horizon Resource Center. * ASSURED STORAGE of Winston-Salem, LLC ? -r MHS ? I _ v?