CGU in Conversation: Felton Williams

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Honnold Mudd Library | Founders Room

800 N. Dartmouth Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

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Can dreams come true?

Yes, according to Felton Williams (PhD, Education, ’85), president of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education.

But what does it take? The answer is relatively simple according to this highly celebrated educational leader, teacher, and advocate on behalf of countless children and their families living in the communities of southern Los Angeles County. Williams says you must “have a deep and abiding interest in the development and execution of human potential….” This requires “an unshakable inner belief and work ethic….” It also may involve “pain and rejection and the ability to pick yourself up and move forward.”

Join CGU President Len Jessup and Felton Williams for an invigorating, hour-long discussion that will explore Williams’s record as a leader in an educational system that emphasizes access to learning for every child and in bringing equity to our school systems.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Founders Room of the Honnold/Mudd Library
Claremont Graduate University
800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

This event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited. RSVP is recommended.


Felton Williams, PhD
Felton Williams (PhD, Education, ’85) For more than four decades, Felton Williams has been an educational leader, teacher, and advocate on behalf of countless children and their families living in the many communities of southern Los Angeles County. Williams currently serves as the president of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Long Beach Unified, the third largest school district in the state, has an operating budget of $700 million, with 6,000 teachers and staff and a student population of more than 84,000. His past administrative experience with California State University, in Long Beach and Dominguez Hills, includes serving as assistant to the associate dean of instructional services at Long Beach, and as assistant to the president and affirmative action officer at Dominguez Hills. Williams holds a doctorate in higher education from CGU, where he studied with Peter Drucker, and an MBA and bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal State Long Beach.


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800 N. Dartmouth Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

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