Allen “Jerry” Williams was inducted into the Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus Hall of Fame on Friday, April 12. Williams worked for Delaware Tech from July 1992 to June 2012 and established the Environmental Training Center (ETC) in Georgetown. That facility has received national and international recognition for the quality of training it provides to individuals in the water and wastewater industries.
Williams grew up in Wilmington and enjoyed a 40-year professional career that can be divided exactly in half - 20 years of service to his country as an officer in the U.S. Army and 20 years as a college instructor and department chair.
Photo: L-R, Allen “Jerry” Williams, his wife Stephanie, his son Garrett, and family friend Maribeth Dockety, director of Human Resources at the Owens Campus in Georgetown at the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown
Williams graduated from West Point and started as an infantry officer in 1972. He completed airborne and ranger school training the following year. Three years later, he switched to aviation and became a helicopter pilot. His deployments took him across the United States and all around the world.
He retired in 1992 and was hired to work in Delaware Tech’s adult education division. In 1993, Williams worked with local and regional directors to apply and obtain an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to build the ETC at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus. The purpose of the ETC was to train and certify Delaware’s water, wastewater, and on-site operators. Opening in 1997, Williams was named the first acting director and department chair. Read more.