Finalist Chuck Williams believes his extensive experience and visionary attitude makes him the appropriate “fit” to be the next dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
“I am a experienced dean," Williams said. "I’ve been doing this for eight years. I think focus or mission is perhaps the most important element today in terms of a long-run successful business school."
Williams gave his final pitch and presentation Thursday at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collection Libraries to a mixture of administration and students.
He was selected from a national search conducted by committee run by Alan Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Korn/Ferry International, an executive search firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Williams serves as the dean of Butler University’s College of Business. Dean’s experience and record in his position served as the basis of his pitch.
“I have a long term commitment to research and the teacher-scholar model,” Williams said. “I will talk about how we significantly emphasized research in my last six years at Butler. As a dean, I have been very externally oriented. I spend a lot of time in terms of the business community engagement and alumni involvement. I also believe in the importance of career development and placement.”
Williams said a strong vision and focus will help the Terry College of Business to succeed on a national scale.
“From my perspective, you do wonderful things here at Terry,” Williams said. “You have top programs. You’ve got great programs in Atlanta. You’re undergraduate program is really strong here. You are a very successful legit top 30 business school. But if you want to take it to the next level, in my opinion, I think we need a clearer focus.”
His fresh “outsider” perspective and experience can help strengthen UGA’s business school, Williams said.
“You have to figure out who you want to be,” Williams said. "You’re doing key things already that may not be reflected in the vision statement. But I think it’s important in terms of competing against Georgia State University, [Georgia Institute of Technology], Emory [University] — there are a lot of good business schools close by— to think ‘What does Terry stand for? What does Terry aspire to be?’ I think the mission statement is a key part of that.”
Williams is one of four finalists competing for Terry’s deanship. Other dean finalists are Annette Ranft, associate dean for academic affairs and business professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Timothy Smunt, dean and professor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, and Robert Hoyt, head of Terry College’s department of insurance, legal studies and real estate and Dudley L. Moore Jr. Chair of Insurance.