H. James Williams | Mount St. Joseph University


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Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., May, 1990 Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., February, 1989 University of Notre Dame Law School, August, 1985 - May 1986 Transferred to Georgetown University University of Georgia, Ph.D., December, 1982 Major — Accounting; Related Field — Finance University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.B.A., August, 1979 Major — Accounting North Carolina Central University, B.S., May, 19


Dr. Williams is a noted scholar, professor, and former president of Fisk University and served as dean of several business schools, including the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University. He also held faculty positions at various institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University. He also worked in the public accounting and legal professions as a CPA and as a corporate and tax attorney.

Dr. Williams holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in accounting (University of Georgia), an MBA in accounting (University of Wisconsin), and two law degrees (Georgetown University Law Center). He is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.

During his career, Dr. Williams received recognition for his outstanding teaching at Georgetown University and received three “Teacher of the Year Awards” at Florida A&M University and Texas Southern University. He has been honored with a number of community service recognitions and awards including the Michigan Chronicle’s “Men of Excellence” award, and the HBCU’s “Annual Living Legends” award. His research has been widely published in scholarly journals, including Accounting and Finance, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Journal of Accountancy.

Dr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Systems, Inc. (a publicly held, Fortune 200 company) and the Boy Scouts of America (Dan Beard Council).  He also serves on the Higher Education Advisory Board of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and is a member of The Cincinnatus Association.

Dr. Williams is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is married to Carole Campbell Williams, also a CPA, and has two adult children.

Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.