Williams is Faulkner’s eighth president in the school’s 79-year history. The search for a new president will begin immediately.
“The Faulkner Board of Trustees at this time congratulates Dr. Williams on his new position at Harding University becoming the 6th president and we wish him well in his new endeavor. The board has confidence in the strength of the administration and faculty at Faulkner. We know this school is in strong hands. We will work diligently to get us through this transition,” said a statement issued by Faulkner Board of Trustees Chairman Dale Kirkland.
Williams came to Faulkner in 2015 and, under his watch, the university has added a College of Health Sciences, which also acts as the foundation for Williams’ vision to create an autism center on campus. He also has been instrumental in establishing a partnership between Faulkner and Davis Elementary School and HEAL Alabama.
Before coming to Faulkner, Williams was at Harding for 28 years, where he served in a number of roles including director of admissions, assistant vice president of enrollment services and vice president of advancement. He also is a graduate of Harding, earning his bachelor and MBA degrees there.
Faulkner University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Its main campus is in Montgomery, with extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile serving approximately 3,000 students.