Burr and Burton Welcomes New Dean of Students and New Director of Finance
We are so excited to welcome Terrell Williams ’97 as the new dean of students and Jeffrey Spencer as the new director of finance and operations.
Williams joins Burr and Burton from Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia, PA where he was the director of community relations and social services. As a professional with a masters in social work and more than 20 years of experience both in and out of education, and a graduate of Burr and Burton and the University of Vermont, Williams brings both a wealth of experience working with students and families, and a deep connection to Vermont to his work at BBA.
Associate Head of School Meg Kenny said, “We are thrilled to have Terrell returning to Burr and Burton as our new dean of students. He brings a unique set of lived experiences coupled with a demonstrated capability to nurture the best in each person around him.”
Williams first came to Vermont as a student participating in Project Link, a program that connected students from Newark, NJ with Burr and Burton. He is happy to return to Vermont with his family: “I’m grateful for the opportunity as a person of color, of this community and in a position to give back to this community . . . I always wanted to be that person that was a support for any student.”
Spencer, who was most recently the director of finance and operations at Manchester’s Maple Street School, made the shift from private industry to educational finance when his family relocated from Washington state to Vermont in 2020. In Washington, Spencer was vice president of an industrial electrical and mechanical manufacturing company. Spencer brings more than 20 years of experience in business administration and finance to his role at Burr and Burton.
"I am delighted to welcome Jeff to Burr and Burton," said Mark Tashjian. "His deep operational background and experience in educational finance will serve not just our Business Office, but the entire school community."
Spencer is excited to continue his work in education: “I like being around the kids and their energy, and I enjoy being part of something that is connected to the community. [Working in education] you feel like your work is supporting all the kids in the community and everybody that works here.”