It isn’t very often that I devote a column to one person. This, however, is one of those rare occasions when there is someone who deserves whatever accolades can be offered.
Dr. John Williams, Superintendent of Rush County Schools, is about to retire this coming June 30 and it will be a happy day for all concerned, but it will also be a sad day in the sense that the community will be losing one of the most capable educators we’ve had in a long time. That comment, please understand, is not to disparage any of the other outstanding superintendents that we’ve had in the past, including Dr. Ed Lyskowinski and Dr. Suellen Reed. Both are outstanding educators and we were lucky to have them.
Another happy part of Doc’s retirement is that his place will be filled by Matt Vance. Matt is about done with the work for his doctorate, so it won’t be long before we’ll be able to call him Dr. Vance. Matt is young, enthusiastic, engaging, and is a perfect example of the old saying “hometown boy makes good.” As many readers know, Matt’s grandfather was Grayson Mahan, one of the finest teachers to ever walk into a classroom. His grandson is made out of the same mold, so the school corporation will be in good hands when Doc retires in a few months.
When Dr. Williams came here in 2006, he did one of the smartest things possible – he got to know people, lots of people. He quickly became an admired and respected fixture in the life of the community. His outgoing personality and ready wit have endeared him to not only teachers and administrators, but also to everyday citizens. He’s about as regular a guy as anyone would ever want to meet.