Honored Together


Averi Haugesag

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College of Business & Public Administration


Dean Margaret Williams and her husband, Larry Williams receive a prestigious alumnus award from their alma mater.

Dean of the University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration, Margaret Williams, and her husband, Larry Williams, director of the Survey Research and Methodology Program (SRAM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received the John T. Hazer Distinguished Psychology Alumnus Award from their alma mater, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) at the beginning of September, 2016.

The John T. Hazer Distinguished Psychology Alumnus Award is an accolade named after retired faculty member and previous IUPUI Department of Psychology Chair, John Hazer. The Williams’ are the third and fourth recipients of the award. In years past, one recipient was the CEO of a major bank and another, the CEO of Fairbanks Treatment and Recovery Center in Indianapolis.

Professor and current chair of the psychology department at IUPUI, Peggy Stockdale says this is a very prestigious award. As a matter of fact, Stockdale says the dean of the college sees it as one of the major awards of the school. “It’s awarded to either undergraduate or graduate alumni who have had a prestigious career in one way or another. We want to pay honor to the recipients of this award and hope to re-connect them with our campus. We want to let them know how much we’ve appreciated having them as former students, and counting them among our alumni,” says Stockdale.

Larry Williams graduated from IUPUI in 1979 with a B.S. in psychology. He then went on to get his master’s degree. He and Margaret both graduated with their M.S. degrees in psychology in 1984.

When asked, “why the Williams’?” Stockdale’s answer was simple, “They both have incredibly distinguished academic careers.”

A press release sent out by IUPUI states at the award ceremony, the Williams’ were recognized for their contributions to the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Larry Williams’ involvement with the Consortium Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) was noted as an invaluable research and teaching resource for the social sciences. In addition, Margaret Williams’ research on leadership, compensation and work-life issues was acknowledged as paving the way for academia.

“We’ve been following Larry’s career for quite some time because he publishes in the journals that our faculty read” says Stockdale, “and then when we found out about Margaret’s career, that was equally as impressive, so we wanted to honor them together.”

Larry Williams currently serves as the Donald and Shirley Clifton Chair of Survey Science and the Director of the Survey Research and Methodology Program in the School of Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the director of CARMA. He has more than 43 publications, several of which have been lauded as high cited articles; including one co-authored with John Hazer, which has been cited over 1,675 times.

Margaret Williams currently serves as dean of the College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Prior to her current appointment she was a department chair at Wayne State University and served for more than 20 years as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focus has primarily been in the areas of compensation and benefit satisfaction, leadership and employee perceptions of fairness. One of her recent articles on the model and measure of compensation satisfaction was a 2012 winner of the Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence.