Office of the Superintendent
Dr. Frederick C. Williams has been Dublin City Schools’ superintendent since 2015. With the strategic plan as his guidepost, Dr. Williams is committed to preparing “all students to be effective communicators, problem solvers and lifelong learners.” He believes in high achievement and success for all students, and under his leadership, the high school graduation rate has increased by 25.2 points. In fact, the Class of 2022’s was Dublin City’s highest ever at 95.5%!
Dr. Williams’ love and desire to support every child as they reach their full potential is what first drew him to public education. A member of the Fighting Irish family for nearly 30 years, he began his career in 1993 as Susie Dasher Elementary’s Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach for the Dublin High School Football Team. In fact, he was selected as SDE’s Teacher of the Year his very first year. During his DCS tenure, Dr. Williams has served as assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
Because of his vision, leadership and ability to make tough decisions, Dublin City Schools was named Georgia’s Charter System of the Year in 2019. Additionally, the Dublin City Board of Education has earned Exemplary Board status annually through the Georgia School Board Association.
As a progressive academic, Dr. Williams has led the way for Dublin City Schools to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Education, the State School Superintendent, Richard Woods and the Charter System Foundation for his innovative vision and work in the area of advancing literacy across the community’s various continuums to include birth to 5 years of age. With the creation of the Big Green Reading Machine and by securing the L4GA Literacy Grant which provides additional support to those already enrolled in school, great progress is being made.
Under his leadership, the district has also embraced its charter flexibility, carrying out several innovative practices. Dr. Williams spearheaded the development of the Irish Gifted Academy program of choice designed to meet the specific teaching and learning needs of the community’s gifted and high-achieving learners while also serving as a strong means of preparation and support for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Dublin High School.
Additionally, Dublin City Schools was part of Cohorts 1 and 2 to implement Option B, a non-traditional path to graduation that exchanges required high school courses with postsecondary training. In Option B, a student is required to complete nine high school courses while simultaneously completing either two Technical Certificates in one of several eligible career pathways, a technical diploma or an associate’s degree. Called Baby Irish, the district’s newly created community initiative specifically geared toward connecting young families to school resources before their child begins Pre-K was also the brainchild of Dr. Williams. And, it was under Dr. Williams that the district created its own salary schedule independent of the state. Furthermore, foreseeing the detrimental effects of the pandemic, Dr. Williams also decided to reach into the community by extending district mental health resources to students and parents with our "Be Well" mental health initiative starting in early 2020.
Dr. Williams has led the way for positive stakeholder engagement and support by partnering with many local businesses and groups such as the VA Medical Center to establish the Stuckey Workforce Development initiative, a program designed to connect students to potential post-graduation career opportunities with the Federal government as well as implementing the Irish Workforce Development Initiative. Additional partnership examples include working with a local ministry called Widow’s Oil, whose mission was to secure workable housing for the growing homeless population, Dr. Williams organized and paved the way for the high school’s CTAE students to build the tiny houses that Widow’s Oil requested.
Above and beyond his continued commitment to Dublin City’s students, staff and families, Dr. Williams is a:
- Legislative Committee Member and serves on the Georgia State School Superintendent Board of Directors,
- Georgia High School Association Executive Committee Member,
- Georgia Department of Education Charter Advisory Committee Member and
- Part of the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s Board of Directors.
A community-minded leader through and through, Dr. Williams is also:
- Chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority,
- Part of Middle Georgia State University Board of Trustees,
- Part of Communities in School of Laurens-Twiggs County Board of Directors,
- A member of the Heart of Georgia United Way’s Board of Director,
- A member of the Dublin Rotary Club,
- A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated Omicron Mu Chapter, and
- An ex-officio member of the Dublin Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.
He is also the pastor of Turkey Creek Missionary Baptist Church and president of Dublin Laurens and Surrounding Counties Baptist Minister’s Union.
Dr. Williams received the Georgia School Superintendents Association President’s Award in April 2017 as well as the Dublin Laurens County Black History Festival’s 2016 Man of the Year Award and 2022 Pastoral Excellence Award. He was also inducted into Clark Atlanta University’s Football Hall of Fame in August 2012 and named the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2001.
Dr. Williams earned a bachelor of science degree in Health and Physical Education from Clark Atlanta University, his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Troy University and a doctor of education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also currently part of the Griffin RESA Dyslexia Endorsement Program, where he is the lone superintendent exploring the critical components of language, literacy development and neurobiological origins that assist in defining the needs of students with dyslexia.
Dr. Williams is a native of Plantation, Florida. He is married to his wife, Melissa, and they are the proud parents of three children: Whitley, Frederick II, and Gracelyn. In September 2022, he became a first-time grandpa, joyfully welcoming his grandson, Carter Grayson Williams, to the family.