On July 1, 2020, UMass Dartmouth will welcome John A. Williams, Ph.D., as the Dean of the Charlton College of Business.
Williams most recently served as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of New Orleans, a position he held since 2013. Before joining the University of New Orleans, he served as Director of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management & Dietetics at Kansas State University and as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program at Virginia Tech.
Williams has published numerous journal articles in the human resource area with a primary research concentration on the success, plateau, and derailment of managers. He has coordinated and sponsored annual research seminars featuring national experts to provide vital information for the economic growth of New Orleans. Many of his funded research studies have focused on the assessment of resiliency and transformational change following Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill in the greater New Orleans area. Since Katrina, he has raised over $550,000 in scholarship funding, $2.5 million in sponsored grants, and over $2.6 million in external funding.
Williams is past President of the Southwestern Business Deans Association and serves on editorial boards of Tourism Analysis, European Journal of Tourism Research, and Advances in Hospitality and Leisure. Since 2012, he has served on multiple AACSB International visitation teams. He received his Ph.D., Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.
As Dean of the Charlton College of Business, Williams will be at the helm of an AACSB-accredited college, which ranks among the nation's most prestigious business schools.