Dr. Creg E. Williams, serves as the Superintendent of Schools for Thornton Fractional High School District 215 which serves four diverse south suburban communities: Calumet City, Lansing, Burnham, and Lynwood, Illinois.
Under Dr. Williams’ leadership at District 215, he has increased the student graduation rate to 95% with 90% of the students applying to colleges and universities and just over 80% being accepted to a higher education program. Dr. Williams has also created an educational delivery model for the implementation of curriculum in grades 9 through 12, a ninth grade academy with an intense focus on reading and mathematics, a Freshman Academy program, an alternative education recovery model and a virtual high school. These education models and strategies have afforded the district a drop-out rate that is less than 3%.
He has also received the highest recognition for financial achievement from the Illinois State Board of Education eight consecutive years for his creative spending practices and has managed a $56 million balanced budget for the last nine years.
Committed to developing strong minds, healthy bodies and student growth in the classroom, Dr. Williams restructured the school lunch program to include chef and culinary student prepared nutritious balanced meals and eliminated processed foods and soft drinks. This model is now utilized by many other school districts.
Throughout his career, Dr. Williams has served as a Teacher, Principal, Director, Chief Officer, Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and St. Louis. Currently, Dr. Williams serves as the President of the Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity, a thirty-eight (38) school district member organization.
Acclaimed for small school development, school construction and Career & Technical Education, Dr. Williams was instrumental in educational program design standards and construction for the Chicago, Philadelphia and Thornton Fractional public school systems. He was also highly regarded for his forward-thinking technical design in developing two high schools of the future with Microsoft in Philadelphia and Dell in St. Louis.
Dr. Williams has been greatly recognized and awarded numerous accolades for his tremendous accomplishments in education and public policy including the distinguished “Men of Excellence” award. He was also selected amongst senators, congressmen and military officials to be a distinguished visitor and participant at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Peace Alliance in the Republic of Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
Dr. Williams is a 2nd degree Black Belt, with the title of Kyo Sa Nym in the Traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool under the Musa Martial Arts Federation. Despite a demanding schedule, he gives back to the community by teaching youth and adults the discipline of this art.
Dr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in Behavior Science and Management from National-Louis University and received his master's and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University.