Matthew Wesley Williams has been named the eleventh president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The institution enrolls just under 300 students, 98 percent of whom are Black. Williams has served as interim president since July 10, 2019. He is the youngest person to lead the ITC.
Before being named interim president last year, Williams served as vice president of strategic initiatives for the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) in Decatur, Georgia. Throughout his tenure in this position, he has helped restructure FTE’s operations, expanded FTE’s ministry and doctoral initiatives, and established FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network to teach and train theological executive leaders how to address systemic barriers to desirable change in their respective institutional context. Prior to FTE, Williams served at the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Additionally, Williams is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.
A native of Chicago, Williams is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy/religion. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center.