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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Nursing Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Turkey, Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rhode Island
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1931
Birth Location:
Sandusky, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Nursing Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Turkey, Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rhode Island
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1931
Birth Location:
Sandusky
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Biography

Healthcare provider and educator Regina Sallee Williams was born in Sandusky, Ohio on April 20, 1931, to Cora Nell Collier Sallee and Charles Louis Sallee. She attended the public schools of Sandusky and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1949. Williams graduated from Ohio’s Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1952, and received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from The Ohio State University in 1955. She later earned a master’s of science in nursing from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

Williams served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Nurse Corps (ANC) stationed at El Paso, Texas. After returning to Columbus from the ANC, she taught at The Grant Hospital School of Nursing. She moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1966, and taught at Mercy School of Nursing from 1966 until 1973. In 1974, she became an assistant administrator in the Department of Health Careers at Schoolcraft College of Livonia, Michigan. In 1977, Williams was recruited to Wayne State University, College of Nursing, where she held teaching and administration posts and developed an innovative program (Outreach BSN) for employed associate degree registered nurses interested in baccalaureate education. She was serving as interim assistant dean when she left Wayne State University in August 1990 to accept an appointment as the head of the department of nursing at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she served until her retirement in 2001.

Williams has worked with and held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, including Michigan Nurses Association. She served as President of the Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN) Dean’s group, as a member and eventually chair of the Michigan Board of Nursing. Williams has done research and has published on the subject of mentoring and on nursing education.

Williams lives in Detroit, Michigan. She remains active in nursing as a consultant through writing, attendance at conferences and by sitting on several community advisory boards.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Regina Williams's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Regina Williams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Regina Williams describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Regina Williams describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Regina Williams talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers her father's work as the premier plastering contractor in Sandusky, Ohio in the early twentieth century
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Regina Williams lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Regina Williams describes about her childhood home life in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Regina Williams remembers her experience at Campbell Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Regina Williams recalls how her parents protected her from discrimination as a child in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Regina Williams remembers Second Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Regina Williams talks about a lesson from her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Regina Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Regina Williams talks about Sandusky, Ohio and its environs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Regina Williams remembers the impact of World War II during her childhood in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Regina Williams describes Cedar Point in the 1930s in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Regina Williams talks about reactions to Japan's surrender of World War II in 1945
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Regina Williams remembers relatives who fought in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Regina Williams recalls the growth of Sandusky, Ohio's African American population during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers her decision to attend Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio as one of its first African American students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Regina Williams describes her experience at Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Regina Williams talks about racial discrimination in medical settings during the mid-twentieth century
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Regina Williams remembers her first nursing positions and joining a U.S. military program that funded nurses' education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Regina Williams describes her scholarship from fifth grade teacher Betty Rinderle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Regina Williams explains the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Regina Williams remembers obtaining a teaching post at Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio after her military service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Regina Williams recalls meeting her husband, Robert Williams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Regina Williams describes her experience on the faculty of Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers changes in the nursing profession since the 1940s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers changes in the nursing profession since the 1940s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Regina Williams talks about the academic discipline of nursing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Regina Williams talks about the academic discipline of nursing, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Regina Williams describes career options for those with advanced degrees in nursing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Regina Williams recalls her paternal grandmother, Rebecca Sallee, whose work as a midwife influenced Williams' interest in nursing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Regina Williams talks about obtaining her Ph.D. in higher education from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue an administrative career in nursing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Regina Williams lists some of her publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Regina Williams describes the balance of research and teaching in academia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Regina Williams talks about her responsibilities as head of the nursing department at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Regina Williams recalls her involvement in professional nursing organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers developing a substance abuse treatment support program for nurses while serving on the Michigan Board of Nursing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Regina Williams remembers holding family meetings with her husband and children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Regina Williams lists her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Regina Williams lists her children's schools in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Regina Williams talks about converting to Catholicism after her graduation from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Regina Williams remembers how responsibilities were shared among family members in her household
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Regina Williams describes her husband's service in the U.S. Marines service and his parenting style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Regina Williams remembers her family's involvement in Catholic mass after Vatican II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Regina Williams talks about her organizational participation outside of her professional work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Regina Williams explains the importance of public service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Regina Williams remembers an advisor who discouraged her from pursuing a bachelor's degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers those who supported her nursing career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 3