Submitted by Centralia College 

Centralia College has selected Dr. Leslie Fountain Williams as its new vice president of Finance and Administration. Fountain Williams will begin her new position on July 1, replacing Steve Ward, who is retiring on July 15 after 28 years at Centralia College.

“It is an exciting time to be joining Centralia College and the administrative team, whose good work I look forward to supporting,” said Fountain Williams. “Getting to know the finance team, students, faculty, and staff will help me understand where our opportunities and challenges lie. I am very excited about contributing to the success of Centralia College.”

Fountain Williams began her career as an accountant with a small firm. She then held roles in the private sector before moving to higher education.

“Leslie brings broad experience from working at several different types of higher education institutions, including community colleges, universities, and nursing colleges,” said Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, president of Centralia College. She has experience with many different departments and activities of the college. This range of experience makes her a great fit for Centralia College.”

Most recently, Fountain Williams served as the chief of staff and board of trustee liaison to the president, while also functioning as the vice president for Finance and Administration at Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York City. She also previously served as the director of budgets, grants, and contracts at Highline Community College in Des Moines for two years and was the manager of finance at the University of Oregon for five years. Fountain Williams has also served as a member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) board of directors, scholarship reviewer for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, all in volunteer service.

She has her Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Oregon State University, and master’s degrees in both Higher Education and Strategic Leadership from the University of Rochester and Roberts Wesleyan College. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from SUNY College at Brockport and an associate degree in Business Administration from Monroe Community College.

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