Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams

Michael Williams, former chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, will serve as Texas' new commissioner of education, the governor's office announced Aug. 27, 2012. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Williams to fill the post vacated in July 2012 by Robert Scott. An attorney, Williams served as assistant secretary of education for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education under Pres. George H.W. Bush. Learn more.