Deputy Secretary to deliver Spring 2016 Commencement Address

Deputy Secretary for Health Services, Dr. Randall Williams will deliver the Spring 2016 commencement address for the College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College of Education on Friday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. in Trask Coliseum. 

Williams has been actively engaged in both taking care of patients as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist in North Carolina and in public health for the last 26 years. A native North Carolinian, Williams attended public schools in Burlington, N.C. where he started volunteering at Memorial Hospital of Alamance County at the age of 14 and then worked as an orderly in the Department of Nursing. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with honors with a double major in History and Zoology. After that, he attended UNC School of Medicine where he was a Holderness Fellow and cofounded the Students Teaching Early Prevention initiative.

Since moving to Raleigh, he has served as president of the Wake County Medical Society and on the Wake County Board of Health. As President, he led the Medical Society’s Protecting Adolescents Together from Harm project.

For the last 11 years, Williams has served as a volunteer with colleagues from the United States and the United Kingdom in U.S. State Department and World Health Organization sponsored endeavors, teaching physicians and helping with clinical governance overseas. Serving mostly in conflict zones, his work has taken him to Iraq 11 times in addition to Afghanistan, Libya and Haiti.

Williams has been recognized as the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year, News and Observer Tar Heel of the Week and Triangle Business Journal Health Care Hero of the Year. He is an avid runner who believes physical activity contributes greatly to a sense of wellness, running marathons in Boston, New York, Paris, Athens and Jerusalem.

“I am honored to be a part of the tradition of service that the Department of Public Health has provided the citizens of North Carolina since 1877,” Williams said. “I look forward to using my experiences to help the Department of Health and Human Services’ team fulfill its mission to serve the people of North Carolina by providing excellent care in all of its services and improving our population’s wellness by preventing premature morbidity and mortality.”

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