George L. Williams


George L. Williams made history as Coastal Carolina’s first Black instructor when he taught from 1969-74.  

A love of imparting knowledge to the next generation trailed him throughout his life, and he served as both a high-school economics teacher and principal for decades prior to his CCU career. From 1974-86, Williams made his mark as the only Black high school principal in Horry County since integration, a position he occupied for 12 years. 

During this time, he also established the first junior Navy ROTC program in the North Myrtle Beach region. Williams then went on to serve as director of minority student relations at CCU after retiring from the classroom and set the foundation for the present-day Office of Multicultural Student Services.  

In 2005, Williams was named as an Honorary Coastal Founder. He passed away at the age of 90 in May of 2020, but his impact on education and diversity will be felt for many years to come.