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DCSS announces new Executive Director


Dr. Marvel Williamson 2016Lawrence, KS, April 4, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., has announced the appointment of Dr. Marvel Williamson as the new Executive Director. She assumes responsibilities immediately and succeeds Gary Nelson, who resigned in February.

Dr. Williamson returns to Lawrence after a distinguished career, most recently as Dean at Oklahoma City University for 12 years, followed by a sabbatical in Ireland. She was also Dean of Health Sciences at Park University for 7 years, was on the University of Iowa faculty for nine years, and led strategic planning for the American Nurses Foundation in Washington, DC.

Dr. Judy Wright, Chair of the Board of Directors, says, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Williamson in this leadership position at Douglas County Senior Services. She is a visionary who delivers on bold promises through data-driven strategic planning. Her collaborative work with staff and within the community will help create an outstanding record of high quality programs and financial resources for DCSS.”

Dr. Williamson holds several licenses and certifications, and has served on numerous national and international committees and boards. She is an inaugural Fellow of the national Academy of Nursing Education. She has authored three books and 60 professional articles, presented papers in a wide variety of venues, and has been awarded 42 of 44 grant proposals, averaging $263,000 each.

Dr. Williamson says, “Coming back to Lawrence, my hometown, brings me full circle. I look forward to becoming reacquainted and taking Douglas County Senior Services into the next chapter of its future.”

Dr. Williamson is married to Dr. Paul Williamson, a family physician, Biblical languages scholar, and artist. They have two sons, Marcus, a PhD student at KU, and Seán, a licensed aircraft mechanic for the US Air Force.

Douglas County Senior Services is committed to supporting, advocating, serving, and connecting with seniors in Lawrence and Douglas County; it spearheads “ReINVENT Retirement: Live the Lawrence Life,” the initiative to attract and retain retirees to Lawrence. DCSS is a private, not for profit 501(c) 3 organization and is the identified focal point on aging in Douglas County, Kansas.

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