With her nomination submitted by Memphis Shelby County Schools Board Commissioner Althea Green, Tutonial “Toni” Williams has stepped into the role of interim superintendent.
Williams is the chief financial officer for Memphis Shelby County Schools (MSCS). The board voted unanimously for Williams, who will guide the district pending the selection of a permanent replacement for Dr. Joris M. Ray.
Ray resigned last week, bringing to a halt an investigation into whether he had violated district policies regarding relations with employees. Dr. John Barker and Dr. Angela Whitelaw, deputy superintendents, had been guiding MSCS in the interim.
According to Greene, the board was focused on retaining an interim with no interest in seeking the superintendent’s position full time.
Moments after the board’s decision, Williams briefly addressed the media, sharing some of her thoughts on the road ahead, including academic momentum.
In her own words:
(TSD Education Columnist Curtis Weathers, who was at Tuesday’s special meeting, will share his perspective on Wednesday. Visit www.TSDMemphis.com.)