FHSU names new dean of College of Business and Leadership

Dr. Steve Williams, professor of management and marketing and chair of Fort Hays State University's Department of Management and Marketing, was announced Wednesday as the new Dean of the College of Business and Leadership.

The appointment takes effect June 6.

"I'm very excited about Steve Williams becoming the dean of the College of Business and Leadership," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. "Since his arrival a year ago from Texas, he has demonstrated his ability to provide leadership and creativity to the college and I look forward to working with him in this new role."

"I am excited by the opportunity and look forward to the challenge," said Williams. "The College of Business and Leadership has an excellent faculty. We are great teachers, good researchers, and it's clear to me that the faculty really care about the students here."

"And I've been very impressed by our students," he said. "The quality of students we have in the College of Business and Leadership is excellent."

Williams came to FHSU in April 2003 from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, Houston, where he was a professor of management. He began at FHSU as a consultant in the College of Business and Leadership. He was named a full-time professor of management and marketing and chair of the department on June 22, 2003.

"We have very good programs here at the College of Business and Leadership and we look to build upon them," said Williams. "We have some opportunities in the graduate area -- particularly in masters of business administration -- and we're looking to expand our relationship with the business community, both in Hays and regionally, to build upon and expand those relationships as well as tapping into the expertise of our alumni."

Williams was selected by a search committee led by Dr. Chris Crawford, professor of leadership studies and assistant provost for quality management. Hammond expressed gratitude to Crawford and the committee for their hard work and diligence in finding the best person for the position.

Williams earned his bachelor of science in business management from Metropolitan State College, Denver, in 1986 and his M.S. in business from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 1987. Williams earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1990.

At Texas Southern, Williams' positions included time as director of the Gerald B. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development and as assistant dean for Research and Development for the School of Business.

Before Texas Southern, he was a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor) for five years at the national University of Singapore in its School of Postgraduate Management Studies. He also served as an instructor at the University of Nebraska and at Colorado State and the University of Nebraska.

His academic awards and activities include the Business Research Award for 2002-2003 and the Teaching Excellence Award for 2000-2001, both from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern. He graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State and earned that institution's Award for Academic Excellence.

He serves as a reviewer for several professional journals, including the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Singapore Business Review and the Southwestern Business Administration Journal.

Williams' publications include numerous titles in refereed publications and a book, Making Better Business Decisions: Understanding and Improving Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving, published in 2002 by Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.

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