Dr. Kevin Williams
**For Immediate Release**
Area Native to Head Ag Education Department
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-28-07
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - Kevin Williams, a Spearman, Texas native, will take over OPSU’s Agricultural Education department in January. Dr. Williams recently finished his PhD in Ag Ed at Texas Tech University, and is eager to begin recruiting students to become agriculture teachers for public school systems. He said, “There are more job openings for ag teachers than there are qualified graduates to fill them. With OPSU’s outstanding schools of education and agriculture, we are in an excellent position to help satisfy the significant need for these instructors.”
Williams’ parents live in Spearman, and his father, Burt, taught agriculture education for many years before taking his current position as the Hansford County Agricultural Extension Agent. Son Kevin will be an assistant professor at OPSU and serve as Director of Agricultural Education. In addition to instruction, his duties include advising OPSU’s Collegiate Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and managing the annual FFA Interscholastics competition at OPSU, an event that continues to grow every year. In fact, this year’s contest drew more than 1,000 high school students to campus.
Williams is planning his recruitment strategies with plans to become a familiar face in area high schools and junior colleges. He believes personal contact remains the most important feature in recruitment and also wants to devise more ways to get prospective students on campus. He also intends to use OPSU’s large agricultural education alumni base to assist in his efforts.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys livestock shows and judging events and also helps his dad with their show swine business. “I wanted to return to this area because there is lots of opportunity for future students in the field of agriculture education, especially at OPSU. This is a great area to live in with remarkable people directly involved in agriculture,” he said. Welcome, Dr. Williams!