This spring, the Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) bid both congratulations and farewell to one of its esteemed leaders, Wendell C. Williams. In January, Williams stepped down from his seat on the THBD Board of Directors, and on May 4, 2019, he accepted his elected position as City Councilmember representing District 4. Having served THBD since its founding, Williams’ service to the not-for-profit office and lab facility has been instrumental to its success. THBD will be forever grateful for his leadership and inspiration. In his new role, Williams will continue his life-long commitment to the growth and development of Temple, Texas.
As one of THBD’s founding members, Williams was fundamental in the district’s inception. In fact, Williams served as Chairman of the Temple Health and Bioscience Task Force before the district was formally established, and served as the first Chairman on the official Board of Directors. His tenure with THBD has spanned the conception, establishment, and relocation of the district, which now boasts 5,000 square feet of office and laboratory space supporting early stage biotech companies.
In addition to his support and advocacy for THBD, Williams has long been active in the Temple community, also serving as President of the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Founding President of the Temple Business League, Founding Chairman of Leadership Temple, twice serving as Chairman of the Temple Economic Development Corporation and was named both Outstanding Young Man and Outstanding Citizen of the Year in Temple. Additionally, Wendell served on the boards for the Temple Jaycees and the Ralph Wilson Youth Club (which he was active on for more than 40 years!).
At his final THBD board meeting in February, Williams told the remaining board members and Executive Director Tami Annable, “I want to wish you the best of luck, and if there is anything I can do to help this organization, I want to do it.”
Recently retired chairman of Central National Bank (CNB), Williams is a life-long Temple resident. Wendell has been active in the Temple banking community since 1983 and served in various leadership positions with several banking organizations. He has been Chairman of CNB-Temple since June 2000 and oversaw real estate and commercial lending. He and his wife, Carolyn, have four grown children and eight grandchildren.
In his new capacity as city councilmember, Wendell will work with Mayor Tim Davis and the other three council members to formulate public policy to address community needs and assure orderly development in the city. Although Wendell will be dearly missed by the entire THBD community, the staff and leadership remain thankful for his contributions and are eager to see his next steps.
“Wendell’s commitment to helping the people and economy of Temple flourish is relentless,” said Tami Annable. “Although we will miss his presence on our board, his keen insight and decision-making abilities, we know his service on city council will be an asset to our city as a whole.”
Citizens of Temple are invited to attend city council meetings, which are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of each month, at 5:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building. Likewise, citizens of Temple are also invited to attend THBD board meetings, which take place monthly. Visit their website at templebioscience.org to view upcoming dates and to learn more about the office and laboratory facility.