Southern Wesleyan University honors Professor Mildred Williams as the SCICU Excellence In Teaching award recipient for 2019. She is completing doctoral studies in leadership at Piedmont International University and earned two graduate degrees in counseling and human resources development from Webster University. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in psychology and sociology.
Williams has been a full-time professor at SWU for nearly 11 years. She draws on her 25 years of extensive experience in clinical counseling, including individual, group, and family counseling, spiritual life coaching and mentorship, Christian education, sexual addiction, mental and emotional disorders, and substance dependency. Prior to joining the SWU faculty, Williams served 17 years as director of AddLife Addiction Services, a part of the Greenville Hospital System.
Professor Williams’s passion for helping others spills over into her interactions with students. One student had this to say: “Professor Williams is an amazing teacher, but her main passion is not teaching. Her main passion is making sure students are safe and mentally well. She actually cares how your life is going, which means a lot to students. She does not only care about our mental health, but also the health of others. She is a very special person and I wish more professors could be like her.”
Williams is insistent on grooming students to become good ethical Christian counselors who are ready and prepared to meet the challenges of brokenness found in many.