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Margaret L. Williams named dean of UND College of Business and Public Administration

Posted on 7/15/2014

Margaret L. Williams
Margaret L. Williams
University of North Dakota Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas DiLorenzo has announced that Margaret L. Williams, interim dean and professor of management at the School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit, has been named dean of UND's College of Business and Public Administration. Her first day on campus will be Aug. 7. She succeeds Dennis Elbert, who will return to a faculty role within the College this fall.

Said DiLorenzo, "We are delighted that Dr. Williams will be joining the College of Business and Public Administration. Her scholarship, research activity, practical experience and leadership capabilities make her well-qualified to lead the College in its continuing mission to educate the future business and public leaders of North Dakota and the nation."

Said Williams, "I am excited to join the great faculty and staff in the College of Business and Public Administration and look forward to continuing the focus on student engagement and success. I also look forward to becoming a part of the College's outstanding research tradition."

Williams will relocate to Grand Forks in the near future along with her husband, Larry Williams, who will hold a faculty position in UND's Department of Psychology and will also work with UND's Vice President for Research and Economic Development in the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA).

About Margaret L. Williams:

Margaret L. Williams currently serves as interim dean of the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. She served as Chair of the Management and Information Systems Department at Wayne State University from January, 2010 until her appointment as Interim Dean in August, 2011. She came to Wayne State after 12 years on the faculty of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she served as director of the assurance of learning program critical for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. She also served as director of the leadership development program for faculty and staff within the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at VCU. After beginning her career in human services, she earned an M.S. in psychology from Purdue University and her MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Williams served on the faculty of Purdue University in the Psychology Department and then the School of Management where she taught in a top-ranked MBA program.

Her research on employee compensation, leadership, employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace, and work-life issues appears in many of the top management and psychology journals. She has served on several editorial review boards for academic and practitioner journals and held leadership positions in professional and community organizations including the Executive Committee of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management, president of the Southern Management Association, and treasurer of the Board of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Williams' teaching has spanned the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral levels where she has taught organizational behavior, human resources, and research methods. She has consulted with a variety of public and private organizations. Prior to entering academia she held management and human resource positions in a human service agency serving developmentally disabled young people.


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