H. James Williams Named President of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati

H.-James-Williams-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.

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  1. As a faculty in the business school while President Williams served as the dean of The Seidman College of Business, I can unequivocally vouch that he was the best dean we ever had. Seidman’s reputation and visibility grew in leaps and founds during his tenure here. He was not only a visionary but go-getter. During his tenure, we sailed through the accreditation process. Most importantly, I believe that he was the most accessible dean and had the best of each faculty’s interest in heart. With he at the helm, I felt that the just and the right will be done. I know that many others had the same feeling. Mount st Joseph is truly lucky to have him at the apex.

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