Tutonial ‘Toni’ Williams
Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) Interim Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Tutonial ‘Toni’ Williams has successfully managed the fiscal operations of the second largest employer in Shelby County and the largest public school district in Tennessee. She is responsible for balancing and managing the District’s largest budget of over $2.2 billion, which includes federal COVID-19 relief funds. Under her leadership, the MSCS Department of Finance has received clean external audits since 2019.
With guidance from Williams, the District has also received numerous recognitions for the 2021-22 fiscal year. It was named a Tennessee Department of Education “Best for All District,” a U.S. Department of Education “ARP Star” for its stewardship of funds from the American Rescue Plan, and a Council of the Great City Schools model in its Urban Educator Newsletter for the District’s strategic ESSER investments.
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A graduate of Whitehaven High School, she earned master's and bachelor's degrees in accounting from Clark Atlanta University. She began her career in school leadership in 2014, helping with the first audits after the merger of legacy Shelby County and Memphis City Schools. She has worked with Millington Municipal Schools and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and has held various roles at MSCS, now serving as Chief Financial Officer and Interim Superintendent. She has also been a New Memphis fellow, Leadership Memphis graduate, and Youth Villages mentor because she believes in the power and promise of volunteerism.