Mount St. Joseph University names new president

Posted at 7:40 AM, Feb 29, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Mount St. Joseph University's trustees announced Monday the selection of H. James Williams as the university's seventh president.

Williams and his wife, Carole, will be available to meet students, faculty, staff and the public at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the university library. Williams will step into the role March 15.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the Mount’s seventh president,” 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. My wife, Carole, and I are excited to serve the Mount St. Joseph University family as well as the business and broader communities in Cincinnati and throughout the region.”

Williams was selected following a nine-month national search conducted by a committee representing the Mount’s board of trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and business leaders.

“Dr. Williams is a leader, an academic, and an entrepreneur with a broad professional background in law and accounting, as well as a deep understanding of higher education as a faculty member and administrator," said John Young, board chairman of the Mount’s Board of Trustees. "We are honored to have as our new president a leader who embodies integrity and whose career has been marked by the highest of ethical standards.”

According to Mount St. Joseph University staff, Williams is a former president of Fisk University and served as dean of several business schools, including the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University.

Williams is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in accounting (University of Georgia), an MBA in accounting (University of Wisconsin) and two law degrees (Georgetown University Law Center). He is married to Carole Campbell Williams, also a CPA, and has two adult children.