Four of the 12 board members — Makeda Scott, Cheryl E. Pasteur, Moalie Jose and Roger Hayden — voted against the appointment.
Here’s a few things to know about Williams:
» He is an area associate superintendent for eight clusters of schools in Montgomery County, and oversees eight high schools, 15 middle schools and 44 elementary schools.
» Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Hampton University and a master of arts in educational administration from American University. His doctorate is from the University of Maryland, College Park.
» He lives in Howard County with his wife and three children.
» In 1988, Williams returned to Washington, D.C. to begin teaching math at the high school where he graduated from four years before.
» He has served in a variety of supervisory positions in Montgomery County, the state’s largest school system. From 2007 to 2011, he was also a principal at Montgomery Blair High School, one of the highest-performing high schools in the state.
» The teachers union was unable to take a position on Williams’ appointment given the short notice from the school board. The union president said in previous searches the union had been told the names of the finalists.
» Montgomery County Superintendent Jack Smith said in a statement that Williams “understands the importance of team work in the critical effort to reach all students. … Baltimore County is getting a smart, committed professional.”
» His annual salary will be $285,000, but the board is still negotiating a contract with him.