The Veterans Day Convocation has become an important event on Blackburn’s academic year calendar, serving as the commemorative occasion for recognizing the military service of alumni, current faculty, staff and students and their family members.
A retired U.S. Naval Reserve officer, Williams will speak on “Building Strong Bridges between Higher Education and Military Service.” He was commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1980, promoted to captain in 1992 and retired from the reserves in 2007.
Williams received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University and has served in several capacities at NIU for more than 40 years.
He is responsible for all business, fiscal, budgetary and facility matters as well as oversight of all operational aspects of the university. He has served NIU in a variety of positions including assistant to the university president; associate director and director of Budget and Planning; acting vice president for Administrative Affairs; and vice president/senior vice president for Finance & Facilities.
He also has served as treasurer of the NIU Board of Trustees.
Founded in 1837, Blackburn College is a four-year, Presbyterian-related, co-educational liberal arts college located in Carlinville, Ill.
One of seven work colleges in the United States, Blackburn is the only one with a student-managed Work Program. Blackburn recently was ranked by U.S. News as the 2012 #2 Best Value College in the Midwest, and remains the least expensive, residential liberal arts college in the state.