Velesha P. Williams
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
God has blessed me with a successful 30-year career in service to my country, state, and community. Just when I thought I would enjoy the fruits of my labor, God has given me the task to help lift Mississippi to its full potential.
I retired as the Director of Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition, a unit within the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University (JSU) on June 30, 2016. While at JSU, I served as a Principal Investigator (PI) for several federal and state programs, generating over 10 million dollars in grant funding for the University.
Prior to my tenure at JSU, I served in the United States Army as a commissioned officer. Serving as a Company Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen Maryland and the Acting Inspector General at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas were the two most rewarding assignments during my military career. My husband Bennett and I returned to Mississippi in 1991 and have remained as residents of Madison County.
I am a proud alumnus of Jackson State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 and a Master of Art degree in Criminology and Justice Services in 1996. Bennett and I have two children – Felicia R Williams Ellis (Louis) and son Bennett J. Williams II (Kaileigh) - and one grandson Kobe.