William J. Watkins, Ed.D. was elected to the Board of Education in November 2005, coming full circle on a distinguished professional and volunteer career in the El Segundo Unified School District. Bill worked in the ESUSD as a teacher and administrator from 1963 until he retired in 2001. He was the District's interim-superintendent in November 1997 when El Segundo voters passed Measure C, the first of two bond measures to modernize campus facilities. As superintendent Bill oversaw two of the District's modernization projects, reopening El Segundo Middle School in 1999 and Richmond Street Elementary School in 2000.
After retiring Bill continued his involvement in El Segundo schools, working to pass Measure E in November 2001 and serving on the bond's citizens' financial oversight committee. During that time, the district completed the restoration and modernization of Center Street Elementary School and El Segundo High School. Bill was elected to the board of the El Segundo Educational Foundation in 2001 and chaired its Community Giving Committee, including the Superintendent's Roundtable, until he resigned following his election to the school board. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Pepperdine College, a Master of Arts degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Doctor of Education in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Bill and his wife Carol have lived in El Segundo since 1972. Their two children graduated from El Segundo High School, and two of their five grandchildren live in El Segundo and attend El Segundo schools.