The board of trustees of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati has announced that H. James Williams will be the educational institution’s seventh president. Dr. Williams will take office on March 15.
According to the latest Department of Education data, Mount Saint Joseph University enrolls about 1,650 undergraduate students and more than 500 graduate students. African Americans make up 9 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. Williams was president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2013 to September 2015. Previously, he served as dean of the business schools at Grand Valley State University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as the Mount’s seventh president,” Dr. Williams said. “I look forward to honoring the heritage of the Sisters of Charity and the Catholic tradition of freedom of intellectual inquiry that has been integral to the culture of teaching and learning at the Mount.”
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Williams is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham. He holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, two law degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Georgia.