CCNY President Heads To Cincinnati


On Wednesday, Gregory H. Williams, President of the City College of New York, announced his resignation from his post, a position he has held since August 2001. Effective November 1st, Dr. Williams will assume leadership of the University of Cincinnati, an urban research university with 37,000 students enrolled.  Williams replaces Nancy L. Zimpher who left for the State University of New York earlier this year.

Dr. Gregory H. Williams

Dr. Gregory H. Williams

“Gregory H. Williams brings to the University of Cincinnati a bold vision for the future of higher education,” said UC Trustees Chair H.C. Buck Niehoff, who also chaired the Presidential Search Committee. “He has a remarkable record in building enrollment while ensuring academic excellence and diversity. He is a noted scholar with a substantial background in academic leadership, particularly in a public setting.”

During his tenure at CCNY, Dr. Williams saw the university through the terrorist attacks of September 2001, which occurred in his second month on the job. Those attacks didn’t effect the school directly, but they had a tremendous impact on students and faculty members.

Under his leadership, Williams raised academic levels at CCNY including raising admissions standards. Enrollment increased sharply, doubling to the 15,000 students attending the school today. As a result of these and other moves, CCNY has received plenty of positive and encouraging national recognition.

“To all the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UC, I look forward to working with you very soon,” Williams said. “There are few institutions in the United States that can match the diverse resources of the University of Cincinnati. It is a research powerhouse with outstanding academic programs, committed alumni, a proud community, and a world-class faculty truly dedicated to student success. The University of Cincinnati is truly among America’s premier urban research universities and we are going to make sure the world understands it.”

Williams holds five degrees, including a J.D. and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University, as well as three honorary doctorates.  He has been a university administrator for more than 30 years, previously serving in a variety of posts at The George Washington University, The University of Iowa and The Ohio State University. Immediately prior to becoming president of CCNY, he was dean of the Law School and Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law at The Ohio State University.  Early in his career Williams was a deputy sheriff, and he later worked as an aide to a United States senator.

Source: University of Cincinnati

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