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H. James Williams, Ph.D.

President Williams H. James Williams, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A., J.D., LL.M., is the fifteenth president of Fisk University. Prior to his selection as president, he served as dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

President Williams earned a B.S. degree in accounting at North Carolina Central University, a Ph.D. degree in accounting at the University of Georgia (Athens), a M.B.A. degree in accounting at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the J.D. and LL.M. (Taxation) degrees at Georgetown University Law Center. President Williams is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, with a wealth of practical experiences, having worked in the public accounting profession and in the legal profession (as a corporate and tax attorney).

During his career, President Williams has made significant contributions to the Academy, receiving recognition for his outstanding teaching at Georgetown University, and three “Teacher of the Year Awards” at Florida A&M University and Texas Southern University. For his work with students and student organizations, President Williams has also received numerous recognitions and awards. 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 the following: 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.

President Williams hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is married to Carole Campbell Williams (of Flint, Michigan). President and Mrs. Williams are the parents of a twenty-two-year-old daughter and an eighteen-year-old son.

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President Williams is the 15th President of Fisk University.
He is currently a member of:

  • Rotary Club of Nashville
  • Leadership Nashville
  • Nashville City Club
  • University Club of Nashville
  • Chi Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1980 to Current)
  • American Accounting Association (1983 to Current)
  • Virginia and Maryland State Bar Associations (1988 and 1993 to Present)
  • Business Professionals of America (Honorary Lifetime Membership)
  • Certified Public Accountant [North Carolina [1979)]
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., May, 1990

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., February, 1989

(Transferred to Georgetown University Law Center, 1986)

University of Notre Dame Law School, August, 1985 - May 1986

University of Georgia, Ph.D., December, 1982 Major — Accounting; Related Field — Finance

University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.B.A., August, 1979 Major — Accounting

North Carolina Central University, B.S., May, 1977 Major — Accounting

Past Professional Associations

Institute of Management Accounting (Past)
National Association of Hospitality Management Professionals (Past)
North Carolina Association of CPA’s and Indiana Society of CPA’s (Past)

American Bar Association and National Bar Association (Past)
Mid- Atlantic Association Business School Deans (Past)
Mid-West Association of Business Deans (Past)
HBCU Deans Round Table (Past)
Association of Michigan Business School Deans (Past)
Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA) of Deans (Past)

Fisk Facts

A National Science Foundation study revealed that Fisk alumni earned more doctorate degrees in the natural sciences than African-American graduates from any other college or university in the nation.