Meet Our Dean
Margaret L. Williams, Ph.D.
Margaret L. Williams, a professor of management and a dean at one of the top research universities in the country, has been named the new dean of the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business, effective April 24, 2017. Williams brings with her more than 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, 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 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.
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. Williams' research addresses leadership and employee motivation including compensation systems, organizational justice, and work/life issues.
Williams replaces Paul R. Goebel, the James E. and Elizabeth F. Sowell Professor of Finance who has served as the college's interim dean since Jan. 1, 2016.