Board of Education Chairman Nick Williams will run for a spot on the Board of Selectmen this fall.

Williams was first elected to the Board of Education in 2007 and served as vice chairman for one year before becoming the chairman in 2009.

In his "day job," Williams is a corporate attorney and has represented clients on a wide variety of matters. "My job is negotiating deals," he said in a release. "The vast majority of our town's budget is related to deals in one way or another -- deals with unions, deals with contractors and other service providers, even deals with the state of Connecticut. I'm confident that my legal experience can bring great benefit to the people of New Canaan."

Williams is a senior partner in the New York City office of the international law firm Clifford Chance, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions. In 1984, he received his degree in English from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1988, Williams received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and was also a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. At Columbia, Williams was the chairman of the Columbia Law School Association, a group that has more than 14,000 members around the world.

"I am running for selectman because I think I -- Nick Williams -- can help our town in a difficult time, not because I'm part of a ticket. Having said that, I am very confident that I could work well with either Rob or Paul as first selectman. They are both friends of mine and I have a great deal of respect for both men."

Still, even though he knew now was the time, that does not mean the decision was easy.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave the Board of Education and pursue this," Williams said. "I have great friends on the Board of Education and I have become very close with our superintendent and many others. But I think at this point in time, I can help New Canaan best by serving in this position."

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As chairman of the Board of Education, Williams pointed out New Canaan public schools have received various honors and distinctions including being named by Forbes and GreatSchools recently as the second best school district in the Untied States in their housing category. Test scores were also successful in 2010 as New Canaan students had the highest median SAT scores in Connecticut. New Canaan was also the highest performing school district in the state as a result of the frequency of top scores on the Connecticut Mastery Tests and the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests.

Williams also sites the current collective bargaining agreement with teachers negotiated in 2008 as a great accomplishment by the Board of Education.

"That contract provided for new work requirements for teachers that enabled the district to cut back significantly on the number of teacher aides," Williams' press release said. "It also provided for increases in health insurance co-payments by teachers and, for the first time ever, a pause in the traditional lock-step increase in their compensation."

He also believes dealing with the Board of Education's $73 million budget is no small feat.

"I'm extremely proud of our budgets over the past few years, which have seen some of the smallest increases in expenditures in recent memory," he said in his release. "We have maintained the balance of being fiscally prudent yet educationally sound, despite the significant increase in enrollment during that period. As selectman, I believe I can put that experience to good use.

"I'm extremely proud of our budgets over the past few years, which have seen some of the smallest increases in expenditures in recent memory," he said. "We have maintained the balance of being fiscally prudent yet educationally sound, despite the significant increase in enrollment during that period. As selectman, I believe I can put that experience to good use."

As far as other experience goes, Williams is also a former trustee and chairman of the Missions and Social Action of the New Canaan Congregational Church. He also serves as its general counsel. Also, for more than 10 years, he has been a coach with the New Canaan Soccer Association and the New Canaan Recreation Department. He has also coached teams in the New Canaan Flag Football League for the past four years.

Additionally, he serves as the chairman of the Art Beyond Sight, a charity that works to develop multi-model learning for the visually impaired and is also a board member and secretary for the East River Development Alliance in New York City.

Williams has lived in New Canaan with his wife, Whitney, a New Canaan High School graduate, since 1997. They are the parents of three children who attend the New Canaan public school system, Victoria, Chase and Kent, in 10th, eighth and fifth grades, respectively.

As far this next endeavor, Williams feels this is the right time, even though he will clearly miss working with the Board of Education.

"Our school system is terrific and I think our town can be every bit as good as it. I believe that my skills and my background could be used for the benefit of the whole town and not simply the school system," he said. "I think the Board of Education is a model for good government and it is a model for citizen volunteers since no one is paid. It is full of people working together with civility and respect and with genuine affection for one another. I think we need more of that in government. Not to say that there won't be differences in opinion. At the end of the day we are all citizens of this great community and that should trump any personal divisiveness."

Editor's Note: In today's printed edition of the Darien News, we erroneously reported that Nick Williams was seeking the Republican nomination for First Selectman. Mr. Williams is seeking a position on the Board of Selectmen. We deeply regret this error.