The Executive Leadership Summit - Speakers

Dr. H. James Williams
Dr. H. James Williams

Dr. H. James Williams

Fisk University

H. James Williams, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A., J.D., LL.M., became the fifteenth president of Fisk University on February 1, 2013. Under his stewardship, Dr. Williams led the University to reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and improved student enrollment by 5 percent. Further, he led fundraising efforts that raised $6.1 million, surpassing the University's initial fundraising goal by $1.1 million.

Prior to his selection as president, he served as dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He helped position the college as a premier business school in the Midwest. Under his leadership, the college created a full-time integrated master of business administration degree, offering students a paid fellowship and study abroad. He also helped to establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Center for Leadership and Innovation.

Dr. Williams is a corporate and tax attorney, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from North Carolina Central University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. He received his law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center.

President Williams has been recognized for outstanding teaching at Georgetown University, and has been the recipient of three "Teacher of the Year Awards" at Florida A&M University and Texas Southern University for his work with students and student organizations. His research work is widely published in scholarly and practitioner journals, including Accounting and Finance, Technovation, Issues in Accounting Education, Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, The Journal of Accountancy, The Practical Accountant, The Journal of Small Business Management, and The CPA Journal.

President Williams serves on a number of community and corporate boards, including: Baxter Community Center; the Civic Theatre; Fifth Third Bank; the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation; Grand Rapids Arts Council; St. Mary's Health Care; and The Washington Campus.