The WJCC Schools Foundation named Dr. Kathleen Mullins as president beginning July 1, 2019. She succeeds Clarence Wilson who has held the role since the education foundation began in 2015.
Dr. Mullins is currently a member of both the WJCC Schools Foundation and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra boards. Before retiring to Williamsburg in 2018, she served for four decades as President and CEO of historic estates and museums throughout the country, including Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. In addition, Dr. Mullins has been a tireless civic leader serving on community, state and national boards and councils of multiple cultural and preservation organizations.
“I am a firm believer that when passion meets purpose, anything is possible,” Mullins explained. “The landscape of public education is ever-changing, and the demands placed on our schools and teachers are always increasing. It is our responsibility as a community to step up and say, ‘We value and respect your work. What can we do to lift you up in efforts to enhance student learning?’”
“Dr. Mullins’ experience as a nonprofit and community leader will be instrumental in elevating the work of the Foundation,” said Clarence Wilson, outgoing Foundation President. “We started with nothing but a desire to serve the teachers and students of WJCC Schools, and I am proud to say that we have accomplished greats things. Under Dr. Mullins leadership, we will continue to grow in our ability to support classroom learning through fundraising and the awarding of the Foundation’s Innovative Learning Grants.”
Since 2015, the WJCC Schools Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in teacher grants. The Foundation began as a grassroots community effort to provide resources to enrich learning for the young people of Williamsburg and James City County.
“Clarence Wilson has been the heart and soul of the WJCC Schools Foundation since its inception,” said Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Schools Superintendent. “It has been an honor to work alongside him as he nurtured the fledgling Foundation into the powerful ally of public education that it is today. As a school division and as a community, we will be forever grateful for his organization, innovation and passion.”
The WJCC Schools Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 whose mission is to “partner with the community to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning and maximize innovative opportunities for all students in the Williamsburg-James City County school district.” To learn more about the WJCC Schools Foundation or to become involved, visit www.wjccschoolsfoundation.org.