J.D., LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center; Ph.D., University of Georgia (Athens); M.B.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison); B.S., North Carolina Central University



Dr. H. James Williams, CPA, CMA, JD, LLM, became the seventh president of Mount St. Joseph University on March 15, 2016.  He earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting, at North Carolina Central University, a M.B.A. Degree in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), a Ph.D. Degree in Accounting, at the University of Georgia (Athens), and J.D. and LL.M. (Taxation) Degrees, at Georgetown University Law Center.  President Williams is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, with a wealth of practical experiences, having worked in the public accounting profession and in the legal profession (as a corporate and tax attorney).

During his career, Dr. Williams has made significant contributions to the Academy, receiving recognition for his outstanding teaching at Georgetown University, and three “Teacher of the Year Awards,” at Florida A&M University and Texas Southern University.  He has also received numerous recognitions and awards for his work with students and student organizations – as well as a number of community-service recognitions and awards, including the Michigan Chronicle’s “Men of Excellence” award and the HBCU’s “Living Legends” award. Finally, Dr. Williams’s research work is widely published in scholarly and practitioner journals. 

Dr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Systems, Inc. (a publicly held, Fortune 200 company), the Council of Independent Colleges, the Boy Scouts of America (Dan Beard Council), and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  He also serves on the Executive Committees of Ohio’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) and the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3).  Finally, Dr. Williams serves on the Board of Governors of The Metropolitan Club of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and the Higher Education Advisory Board of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and is a member of The Cincinnatus Association. 

President Williams hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is married to Carole Campbell Williams (of Flint, Michigan).  The Williamses have two young-adult children.