Dean of Rawls College of Business
Margaret L. Williams, Ph.D.
Margaret L. Williams began her role as dean of the Rawls College of Business on April 24, 2017. Williams brings with her more than 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator in both management and psychology, most recently serving as the Page Endowed dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota.
During her time at North Dakota, Williams led a college with almost 100 full- and part-time faculty and almost 50 professional and administrative staff, managing a budget of more than $25 million in a college that enrolls 2,000 students in five departments and a school with 16 undergraduate majors and three award-winning graduate programs where on-campus and distance learning students share in synchronous classroom experiences.
She also managed the creation of a new School of Entrepreneurship, steered development and alumni relations, enhanced the college's research portfolio and addressed the college's curricular needs. Williams helped create a new workload allocation and merit process for faculty, developed a promotion and tenure process that had not previously existed and helped establish guidelines for salary equity adjustments.
Prior to her time at North Dakota, Williams served as the department of management chair and later interim dean of the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The college has an enrollment of 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 80 faculty members in four departments. As interim dean she oversaw the school's first doctoral graduates in 2011.
Williams also has held faculty and teaching positions at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, the University of Tennessee, Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis and Indiana University. She served as president of the Southern Management Association, a domestic affiliate of the Academy of Management, and was the doctoral program director and leadership development program director at Virginia Commonwealth.