William W. Locke


Dr. William W. Locke '66, '68, '76
2007 Distinguished Alumnus in Higher Education


Dr. William Locke is an East Tennessee State University graduate who completed his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees at the university. He has received post-doctoral training at several collegiate institutions and is also a graduate of the National Defense University's National Security Management Course and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

Dr. Locke was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Medical Services Corps in 1966 and entered active duty in 1968 after completing a masters degree program.

Four days after completing a tour of duty in Vietnam, he became Tennessee 's first male public school kindergarten teacher and began teaching in the Kingsport City Schools. During his second year of teaching, he accepted a position as regional supervisor of early childhood education for the Tennessee State department of education and later was appointed as State Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. During his tenure in this position, the state kindergarten program was fully implemented.

Other positions in the educational profession in which he has served include Executive Director of the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative, a four-school system regional education service agency; Director of the Job Skills Training Program and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Walters State Community College; and as an instructor at four institutions of higher education.

He is the author of a widely used publication in early childhood education and has served as a consultant to the United States Departments of Education and Human Services. Dr. Locke currently serves as the president of Northeast State Technical Community College.

In addition to his service in the educational profession, he is an active participant in several organizations focusing on building communities and developing a better quality of life within the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region.