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President H. James Williams, Ph.D.

About

Dr. 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 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, Dr. 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, Dean 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. Finally, Dr. Williams serves on the Fifth Third Bank Advisory Board and is a member of The Rotary Club of Nashville.

President Williams hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is married to Carole Campbell Williams (of Flint, Michigan). They are the parents of two adult children.

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.

Education

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

 

 

About

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 Accounting Association (1983 to Current)
  • American Accounting Association (1983 to Current)
  • 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.  

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)

Research

Dissertation: Cue Utilization in Auditors' Going-Concern Qualification Judgments: An Empirical Analysis (1983).

Publications

Refereed Publications       

Williams, H. James, Mary J. Phillips, and Acie L. Ward, “Tax Practitioners’ Understanding of Their ‘Privileged Communications’ Rule.” (Revise and Re-submit to CPA Journal, February, 2013)

Kornacker, J., P. Schentler, H. J. Williams, and J. Motwani, “CriticalSuccess Factors for Budgeting Systems in the German Context: An Empirical Analysis,”International Journal of Business Excellence, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2011

Prummer, P. P. Frey, P. Schentler, H. J. Williams, and J. Motwani, “Participative Budgeting: A Review of Empirical Research and Practical Implications,” International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2011. 

Goldberg, Steve, Mary Phillips, and H. James Williams (2009), “Survive the Recession by Managing Cash,” Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance (Nov-Dec, 2009). 

Kwak, Youngsik and H. James Williams, “A Teaching Note on the Effective Interest Rate, Periodic Interest Rate, and Compounding Frequency,” Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, New Series, pp. 65-72, Volume 2, 2005, World Scientific Publishing. 

Iyengar, Raghavan and H. James Williams, “Sensitivity of Executive Pay to Accounting Performance Measures in All-Equity Firms,” Accounting and Finance, forthcoming, 2005

Gunasekaran, A., H. James Williams, and Ronald E. McGaughey,Performance Measurement and Costing Systems in New Enterprises,” Technovation, 25 (2005) pp. 523-533.

Williams, H. James,  Acie L. Ward, Delton Holloway, and Carole C. Williams, “Internet Gaming: Accounting Students’ Perspectives,” The Consortium Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2000/01, pp. 17-38.

Williams, H. James, Acie L. Ward, and Beverly Bryant, “Gaming Laws in the Bible Belt,” The Consortium Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2000/01, pp. 65-75.

 Williams, H. James, Acie L. Ward, and Edward I. Irving, “Business Students’ Perceptions of the Hospitality Management Profession,” The Consortium Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2000/2001, pp. 15-44.

Williams, H. James, Youngsik Kwak, James Morrison, and Titi Oladunjoye “Teaching the Effects of Electronic Commerce on Business Practice and Global Stability” The Journal of Education for Business, Volume 75, Number 3, January/February 2000.

Mapp, Johnnie, H. James Williams, and Moncef Belhadjail, "HBCU’s Perceptions of a Five-Year Accounting Program,” New Accountant, Spring, 1997 pp. 26-32.

Williams, H. James, "What Do Auditors Really Consider in Making Going- Concern Judgments," The Practical Accountant, August 1990, pp. 64-69.

Ricchiute, David and H. James Williams, "Heuristics, Biases, and Decision Making in Accounting," Issues in Accounting Education, (1985), pp. 51-58.

Williams, H. James and David N. Ricchiute, "Audit Risk and Materiality," The Practical Accountant, October 1987, pp. 75-89.

Williams, H. James, "Designing Job-Order Cost Accounting Information Systems," The Journal of Small Business Management, April 1985, pp. 17-26.

Williams, H. James, "Practitioners' Perspectives on Going-Concern Issues," The CPA Journal, December 1984, pp. 12-19.

Editor Refereed Publication

Williams, H. James “Student Code of Honor: Part of the Solution?” Seidman Business Review, Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, Winter, 2012, Vol. XVIII, pp. 21-25.

Williams, H. James “Business Schools and Business Ethics: Responsibility and Response,” Seidman Business Review, Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, Winter, 2011, Vol. XVII, pp. 18-21.

Books and Book Chapters

Williams, H. James, Collins College Outlines: Introduction to Business, (2006) (HarperCollins Publishers, New York)

Williams, H. James, “Academic Freedom: Is it at Odds with Assessment?  Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools, 2005, 2nd Edition, Volume 1, pp. 198-209 (AACSB International).   

Williams, H. James, Earnings and Profits, Tax Management Portfolios, Tax Management, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (2001).

Williams, H. James and Carole Williams, Accounting Concepts and Issues: Outlines and Notes Book, Fourth Edition, Campbell Williams Publishing Company (1997).

Published Proceedings        

Iyengar, Raghavan and H. James Williams, “The Effects of Debt on CEO      Compensation” American Accounting Association Southeastern Region Conference, April, 2003.

Williams, H. James, Elizabeth Edmiston, and Courtney Ferguson, “Legalization and Regulation of Internet Gaming: Are Computer Majors More Protective of the Internet?”  Frontiers in Southeast CHRIE Hospitality & Tourism Research, Volume 4, No. 2, November, 2001 (pp. 94-97).

Williams, H. James and Titi Oladunjoye, “Electric Commerce and Global Markets: Impacts Upon Banks, Businesses, and Consumers, “ 72nd Conference of the SEIC/ISBE, Helsinki, Finland, (August 3, 2000).

Kwak, Youngsik and H. James Williams, “A Teaching Note on the Effective Annual interest Rate and Compounding Frequency,” Vienna, Austria (March, 1999).

Book Reviews     

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: Steve Jobs,” The Journal of Business Disciplines, Fall, 2011

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: The Age of Turbulence:   Adventures in a New World,” The Journal of Business Disciplines, Fall, 2008

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business,” The Journal of Business Disciplines, Fall, 2008

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty First Century,” (1st. ed. Vol. VI, pp 91-93. The Journal of Business Disciplines, 2006

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: Managers Not MBAs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development,” (1st. ed. Vol. VI, pp 85-87.  The Journal of Business Disciplines, 2006

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story,” (1st. ed. Vol. VI, pp 88-90.  The Journal of Business Disciplines, 2006

Williams, H. James and Carolyn George “Book Review: Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute,” The Journal of Business Disciplines, Spring, 2004.

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins, (2001) pp. 300. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, The Journal of Business Disciplines, Volume V, Nr. 2 (2004) pp. 107-8.

Williams, H. James and Robert Chapman, “Book Review: Please Don’t Just Do What I Ask You To Do,” The Journal of Business Disciplines, Volume III, Number1, Fall, 2002.

Williams, H. James, “Book Review: Auditing: A Risk Analysis Approach” (Southwestern), Issues in Accounting Education, Volume 17, No.2, May 2002, pp. 216-17.

Williams, H. James and Mary J. Phillips, “Book Review: Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results” (Hyperion), The Journal of Business Disciplines, Volume II, No 2, Fall, 2001, pp. 131-2.

Williams, H. James, Acie L. Ward, and Delton Holloway, “Book Review:     Intermediate Accounting” (South Western), The Journal of Business and Economic Studies,   (Scheduled for Printing February, 2001; Grambling ceased printing).

Williams, H. James and Acie L. Ward, “Book Review: Cost Control in the Hospitality Management Industry” (Prentice Hall), The Consortium Journal, Volume 4.

Williams, H. James, Book Review (Auditing Symposium X: Proceedings of the 1990Deloitte & Touche/University of Kansas Symposium on Auditing Problems, Rajendra P. Sruvastava, Editor), Accounting Review, July, 1992, p. 640.

Williams, H. James, Book Review (Advanced Accounting 4th ed., Fischer, Taylor, and Leer), Issues in Accounting Education, Spring, 1991, pp. 146-47.

Williams, H. James, Book Review (EDP: Controls and Auditing by Porter and Perry), The Accounting Review, January, 1985, p. 162.

 Other                  

Williams, H. James, “International Accounting Standards: Are You Ready?” Grand Rapids Business Journal (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2009)

Williams, H. James, “Going From Good to Great in the Public Sector,” Grand Rapids Business Journal (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2007)

Williams, H. James, “Process Standards Good for Business and Business Schools,” Grand Rapids Business Journal (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006)

Williams, H. James, et. al, “Mass Customization: Shattering Strategic Myths and Assumptions [Part 1],” Grand Rapids Business Journal (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006)

Williams, H. James, et. al, “Mass Customization: Shattering Strategic Myths and Assumptions [Part 2],” Grand Rapids Business Journal (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006)

Williams, H. James “Your Financial Future: Christmas? Ba! Humbug! Budget for Wealth Creation!” The Pride of Durham, Volume I, No. 3,December, 2003 p. 35). 

Williams, H. James “Your Financial Future: Looking Ahead for Answers,” The Pride of  Durham, Volume I, No. 1, September/October 2003, p. 25). 

Williams, H. James “Your Financial Future: The Critical First Steps is the Creation of  Financial Wealth,” The Pride of Durham, Volume I, No. 2, November, 2003, p.35). 

Williams, H. James, “Counting the Costs,” News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina, August 27, 2000).Williams, H. James, “Invest in People,” News Journal (Delaware, March 8, 1998).

Williams, H. James, “Sizing Up the Flat Tax: Economics is Still Distorted,” News Journal (Delaware, February, 1996)

Williams, H. James, "Discussion of `Accounting Standards- An International Perspective,''' "TAG" Forum, (October, 1990).

Williams, H. James, Case study (Micro-Audit), Coopers & Lybrand Curriculum Development Program, 1985.

Working Papers                 

Williams, H. James, Acie L. Ward, and Mary J. Phillips, “Taxpayers’ Awareness of Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.”

Williams, H. James, Acie L. Ward, and Mary J. Phillips, “Tax Practitioners’ Perspectives Regarding the Federal Privileged Communications Law for Certain Tax Practitioners.”

Ricchiute, David N. and H. James Williams, "The Functional Form of the Effects of Visual and Auditory cues on Professional Auditors' Subjective Probability Assessments."

Roshwalb, Alan and H. James Williams, "Stratified Sampling Designs Utilizing Audit Costs."

Williams, H. James, "Original-Issue and Market Discounts: Anomalies in Corporate B-Reorganizations and Section 351 Transactions."

Williams, H. James, "A Tax-Policy Analysis of the Differential Allowance of Deductions for Interest Related to Borrowings Used to Purchase Original-Issue and Market Discount Bonds."

Williams, H. James, "Reorganizing the School of Business: Legal Issues and Challenges in Union Environments (A Case-Study)."

President Williams

H. James Williams, Ph.D.
President of Fisk University

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