The Inauguration and Investiture ceremony to swear in H. James Williams, Ph.D. as Mount St. Joseph University President will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 in the University Theatre. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, and students.
Dignitaries from 22 colleges and universities from across the country, dating from oldest institution to youngest, will take part in the procession. Dr. Williams is honored that his mentor, Arend D. Lubbers, Ph.D., president emeritus, Grand Valley State University, will attend. Alumni and local dignitaries representing Delhi Township and Hamilton County will also take part in the ceremony.
The public is welcome to attend the Inauguration Ceremony.
That evening, Mount Jubilee and Inauguration Gala will take place at the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes dinner, awards program, and dancing to celebrate the Inauguration and to raise funds for the Mount’s Scholarship Fund that supports up to 1,000 students each year. Tickets are $125 each and all proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Information is available at www.msj.edu/jubilee.
About President Williams
A noted scholar, professor and academic leader, H. James Williams, Ph.D., was named the president of Mount St. Joseph University in March 2016. He previously served as president of Fisk University and as business dean and professor of accounting at various institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University.
Williams holds a Ph.D.in accounting (University of Georgia), an MBA in accounting (University of Wisconsin), a B.S. in accounting (North Carolina Central University), and two law degrees (Georgetown University Law Center). He previously worked in the public accounting and legal professions as a CPA, and as a corporate and tax attorney.
He is married to Carole Campbell Williams. The Williamses have two adult children.
The Inauguration of President Williams includes events to showcase academic achievement, honor alumni, and serve the community with a day of service.
The Presidential Alumni “Navigating Your Journey” Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre. The public is welcome to attend this panel of alumni leaders as they discuss their career and personal journeys. This showcase event includes a keynote address by Lisa Sanger ’83, Partner and Executive Creative Director of Sanger & Eby, and will be moderated by Nick Jackson ’03, Founder, Change Productions. Andrew Brunsman ’10, Executive Director, Be Concerned, Inc. will welcome the audience. The panelists include:
• Craig Hockenberry ’95, Superintendent, Three Rivers School District
• Erika Lehman ’04, Tele Solutions Consultant Manager-Large Law, Lexis/Nexis
• Nick Messinger ’08, Clinical Pharmacy Faculty, University Hospital
• Adison McNeill Nelson ’12, Director—Lindner Diversity & Inclusion, University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
• Kathleen Weber, M.D., ’80, Team Physician: Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, DePaul University; Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women’s Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center
The Symposium includes the Presentation of Future Five Award honorees and the Wolohan Master Academy honoree.
Inauguration Service Day will be held on Saturday, April 29. Members of the Mount Community including faculty, staff, and students will divide their efforts between Bethany House Community Services and Habitat Build for Habitat for Humanity. These service projects will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
More information can be found on the inauguration website at www.msj.edu/inauguration.
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic university and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.