Chuck Williams became Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) in September 2017 and oversees the state agency’s leadership, service, and education relative to Georgia’s forest resources. Prior to his appointment as GFC Director, Williams represented the 119th District in the Georgia House of Representatives, where he held leadership roles in various committees, including Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and Natural Resources and Environment.
Williams was named Georgia’s Tree Farmer of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his passion for forestry and stewardship of his land. He has served in leadership positions for many forestry and agricultural organizations, including GFC, the Georgia Forestry Association, the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Williams also has experience in banking and financial services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia and an honorary American FFA degree. He was awarded the Alumni Award of Excellence from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Williams and his wife, Beth, live on a certified Tree Farm/Stewardship Forest in Oconee County.