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NCTE Mourns the Loss of Executive Emeritus Kent Williamson

Great leaders of organizations provide a combination of vision, practical acumen, and generative motivation. As the executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English, Kent D. Williamson combined those qualities with a sharp mind and a soft spot in his heart for his colleagues.  This great leader died on Sunday morning, June 7th, and will be missed by tens of thousands of NCTE members who benefited from his insights and actions across three decades. 

NCTE has honored Kent with the establishment of the Kent D. Williamson Policy and Advocacy Center in Washington, DC, and will mark his legacy at its 2015 Annual Convention. For now, we remember a man whose firm leadership and gracious manner nurtured a professional association and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

NCTE’s Presidential Team:
Kathy Short, Douglas Hesse, Susan Houser, and Ernest Morrell


Kent Williamson’s life and legacy will be honored in multiple ways. The Kent D. Williamson Policy and Advocacy Center has been established to continue Kent’s commitment to supporting educators through effective policies and practices. A memorial gift can be addressed to NCTE with notation that it is in memory of Kent: the gift will contribute to the work of the Center. Memorials can also be made online. Thank you.

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