April 19, 2016
The president of a local environmental technology company and the executive director of the North Carolina Council of Churches will be the featured speakers during Commencement week activities at Louisburg College, May 5-6. Approximately 140 students are expected to receive degrees.
Jason Williams, President and CEO of PRTI in Franklinton, NC, will deliver the Commencement address at 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) on campus.
Dr. Jennifer Copeland, who joined the Council of Churches in 2015, will speak during the Baccalaureate Service at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, also in the JPAC.
Williams has earned a reputation as one of the Triangle’s top business minds after successful ventures in the healthcare industry and now environmental technology. At PRTI, an acronym for Product Recovery Technology International, he is leading an effort to reduce the amount of used tires that end up in landfills. PRTI has developed cutting-edge technology to recycle and reuse the various components in tires, resulting in minimal or “zero” impact on the environment.
Previously, Williams founded and led FastMed Urgent Care for 15 years, which became the country’s second-largest privately-owned urgent care company. FastMed employs more than 1,300 people and treats more than 1.5 million patients each year. His work with FastMed was recognized by a variety of business and trade organizations, including the Triangle Business Journal, which named Williams to its prestigious “40 Under 40” list showcasing the region’s best young business leaders in 2013. North Carolina Business magazine named him its 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year, and also chose Williams for its 2010 Movers and Shakers award.
Williams earned bachelor’s degrees in cellular physiology and allied health care from Methodist University in 1998. He received advanced training in orthopedics and general surgery from Yale University and Norwalk Hospital in 1999, and earned a master’s degree in allied health care from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2004.
LC’s Baccalaureate service will feature Jennifer Copeland, an ordained minister who leads the North Carolina Council of Churches. Founded in 1935, the statewide organization promotes Christian unity and a more just society among its 6,200 congregations. The Council also promotes interfaith relationships between its members and followers of other faith traditions.
Before joining the Council in 2015, Copeland previously served as campus minister and executive director of the Wesley Fellowship at Duke University since 1999. A native of South Carolina, she also served 10 years as a pastor for several United Methodist churches in her home state. She earned bachelor’s degrees in religion and English from Duke, as well as a Master of Divinity and doctorate in religion, also from Duke.
Dr. Jennifer Copeland