Dr. Avis Williams is superintendent of Selma City Schools in Selma, Ala. She successfully led the district out of state intervention and has overseen increases in academic achievement and the high school graduation rate.

Prior to Selma, Williams was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Tuscaloosa City Schools, also in Alabama, where she developed the district’s instructional framework. In addition, she served as executive director of secondary curriculum and instruction for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina, managing instructional support and content-based professional development across 60 urban schools.

Williams was selected as the Alabama Alliance of Black School Educators Superintendent of the Year in 2020 and was a finalist for Alabama State Superintendent of the Year in 2019. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a district leader, teacher, assistant principal, and principal; an entrepreneur; and a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Williams holds a doctorate and education specialist degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s from Alabama A&M University, and a bachelor’s from Athens State College.