Dr. Marcia D. Williams Named Speaker of the American Lung Association Nationwide Assembly

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2012)

Dr. Marcia D. Williams has been named Speaker of the American Lung Association’s Nationwide Assembly. She will serve a one-year term in this position and will work to advance the organization’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. 

“It is a great honor to announce Dr. Williams as the next Nationwide Assembly Speaker for the American Lung Association,” said Geri Reinardy, Past Speaker of the Nationwide Assembly of the American Lung Association. “Dr. Williams is a passionate supporter of the organization and its efforts to advocate for clean air, support lung disease research and provide support for patients with lung disease.”

Dr. Williams recently retired as the provost at Pensacola Junior College (PJC). She is a registered respiratory therapist and joined the PJC faculty in 1975. During her tenure at PJC she held the positions of clinical coordinator of the respiratory therapy program and became the program's director in 1985 and director of staff development until being appointed provost in 1997.

Dr. Williams has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association since 1980. She has chaired the local committee to champion amendment 6 in Florida which banned smoking in restaurants. Dr. Williams has chaired the Assembly Education Committee, served on the National Strategic Planning Committee while chairing the Performance Based Management System (PBMS) Committee for the American Lung Association of the Southeast. Currently, she serves on the Operational Effectiveness Assessment Program Development team and the National Executive Committee, as well as the Chair of the American Lung Association of the Southeast.

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