Radford, Virginia-based financial advisor George Abie Williams has led multiple civic activities throughout his career. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as the founder and chairman of the Radford High School (RHS) Foundation. Major initiatives George Abie Williams has led include construction of the James P. King Center in 1999 and a state-of-the-art municipal baseball facility in 2005.
In December of 2012, the RHS Foundation announced a gift of nearly $13,500 to Radford City Schools within the Fall Cash Grants and Awards program. The funds were disbursed as part of the “Campaign for Continuing Excellence,” which has been in existence for more than two decades and supports the local high school, two elementary schools and one intermediate school within the community of 15,000. From 1986 to 2012, the Foundation awarded $376,000 in the form of scholarships and grants through dozens of distinct funds. Many of the awards went to Radford City school teachers who submitted innovative ideas for classroom projects. Particularly within the context of a weak overall economy, the $32,623 in grants and scholarships awarded in 2012 provided a much-needed impetus for sustained educational excellence.
As a member of the Board of Trustees of Piedmont International University, longtime financial advisor George Abie Williams supports the school’s mission to provide excellent Bible-centered higher education. The institution, founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by Baptist Pastor Dr. Charles H. Stevens, began as Piedmont Bible Institute in 1945. Today, under the guidance of devout leaders such as George Abie Williams, the institution includes Schools of Bible and Theology, Ministry, Arts and Sciences, and Teacher Education.
The private and not-for-profit Piedmont International University maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. The student body represents 33 states, and the school’s online program includes students from 19 countries. On campus students can try out for men’s and women’s National Christian College Athletic Association Division II basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, and the George M. Manuel Library holds more than 60,000 books. Moving forward, the Christian institution seeks to extend the global reach of its innovative Bible-centered education.
Co-founded and chaired by George Abie Williams, a 30-year financial advisor who serves as Senior Vice President Investments at Stifel Nicolaus, the Radford High School Foundation in Virginia maintains more than 20 funds. With assets totaling in excess of $1.4 million in 2011, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the organization provides annual scholarships and cash grants to support Radford City Schools. On George Abie Williams’ watch as chairman, in 2005, the foundation played a key role in the construction of a new baseball facility for Radford High School and area youth leagues.
In addition, the Radford High School Foundation spearheaded fundraising for the James P. King Center at Radford High School, a $1.2 million project, in 1999. Recently, the charitable organization awarded Radford City Schools $13,473. Overall, the foundation has bestowed nearly $400,000 in scholarships and classroom grants since its establishment in 1986, including $32,623 in fiscal 2012.