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Dr. Sue Zanne Williamson Urbis

Dr. Sue Zanne Williamson

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Employment:  Retired as Professor Emeritus of Music from the University of Texas RGV

Why I became a WCJC Trustee:

As an advocate for community colleges and as an experienced educator, my family and friends throughout the WCJC service area encouraged me to serve as a trustee. With over 35 years as a teacher and administrator in universities, community colleges, and public schools, I bring diverse and varied perspectives.  For example, during my 14 years as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, I successfully led capital improvement campaigns for new buildings and the renovation and retrofitting of older buildings as well as securing fourteen scholarship endowments.  To meet the needs of our community, I presented new degree proposals that were approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at the Certificate, Associate degree, Bachelor degree, and Master degree level.  I am honored to serve as a WCJC Trustee.

What I like most about being a WCJC board member:

I am a firm believer in the community college system and committed to our community, the success of our students, and the support of our faculty and staff.  What I like most is the opportunity to serve my community in a meaningful way and play a role in strategizing the future of WCJC through support of its initiatives and mission.

WCJC benefits the community by:

WCJC is an invaluable resource for the current and emerging needs of our service area. The college provides high-quality, affordable and academically flexible education in a supportive environment.  With certifications, associate degrees, and academic credit transfer programs, as well as, job training and professional development, WCJC provides assessable education opportunities throughout our service area.

How my experience with WCJC has affected my life:

I began my academic career at WCJC and continued my education at Sam Houston State University earning a BMEd in Music Education and Piano Performance, Texas A&M Corpus Christi earning a MAIS in History, Communications, and Clarinet Performance, and the University of Arizona earning a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Statistics and Clarinet Performance.  Without a doubt, the finest teachers in all of my educational experiences were the faculty at WCJC.  In addition, many of my family members attended WCJC including my mother, brothers, sister, and nephew.  I also learned the value of continuing education as my father took adult education classes at WCJC to learn welding and land surveying.

When I became a board member:  I was elected to the board in November of 2020.

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