Child care expert, Secret Service agent on ‘MTSU O...

Child care expert, Secret Service agent on ‘MTSU On the Record’ programs

The “MTSU On the Record” radio program rang out the old year with a look at child care and rang in the new year with an examination of a major federal agency.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Nancy James, director of the MTSU Child Care Lab, first aired Dec. 26 on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation below. WMOT-new web logo

Nancy James

Nancy James

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

James, who is beginning her 29th year as director, is in charge of tending to youngsters ages 3 through 5 whose parents are either MTSU students or employees. The Child Care Lab also develops the talents of future professionals by guiding student workers in the skills needed to develop children’s minds and bodies.

“They work there anywhere from five hours to 15 hours a week, and they’re counted in the (pupil-teacher) ratio because they go through the same training as anyone would to be in a classroom with preschoolers,” said James. “We will generally keep anywhere from three to five adults in the room through the bulk of the day.”

Logue’s interview with Lynda Williams, deputy assistant director for the Office of Human Resources of the United States Secret Service, first aired Jan. 2. You also can listen to it below.

Williams, an MTSU alumna who has served all over the world, is the highest-ranking African-American woman in the history of the Secret Service, which is charged both with protecting the president of the United States and protecting the nation’s monetary supply.

“Even when I was in South Africa, most of my investigations were over counterfeit currency,” said Williams. “Peru is one of our highest yielding countries for U.S. counterfeit currency. So it’s still very much a hot market for us, and it keeps us going amidst all the other investigations that we have.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to and click on “Audio Clips.”

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

— Gina Logue (