August 7, 2017 at 1:15pm

Millikin graduate takes next step in education career

‚ÄčMillikin University alumnus Lyn Williams '04 was recently appointed to principal of Southeast High School in Springfield, Ill. Originally from Decatur, Ill., Williams studied political science at Millikin and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer, but an unlikely event in 2004 led to a career-changing decision.

During his senior year at Millikin in 2004, Williams was on his way to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), but after stopping for gas, the alternator in his car had quit and he was unable to take the exam. Williams saw this as a sign and decided to follow his passion for child advocacy and study social work.   

After graduating from Millikin, Williams earned his master's degree in school social work from St. Louis University before being hired in the Springfield School District.

"I really feel like that moment allowed me to go down the path I was meant to go on," Williams said in a recent interview with the State Journal-Register.

Photo courtesy of the State Journal-Register (Rich Saal)

Williams was previously an assistant principal at Lanphier High School in Springfield for the last four years. His first job was in School District 186 at Dubois Elementary School, where he worked for two years before moving to Lanphier High School.

"I plan to work with everyone collaboratively and continue the traditions and values of the east side," said Williams.

While at Lanphier, Williams created a program called "Scholars for Scholars," where he reviewed transcripts of incoming students to determine candidates for advanced placement courses. Williams plans to implement the program at Southeast High School this fall.

"It's hard to believe how this path can all be traced back to one moment of car trouble," said Williams. "It was a blessing in disguise."

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