Public invited to reception for UND’s new dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, Margaret Williams, Thursday, Sept. 11

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The University of North Dakota will hold a special campus and community reception Thursday, Sept. 11 for the new dean of the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA), Margaret Williams.

The reception will run from 4p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Gransberg Room of the UND Gorecki Alumni Center. The public is invited. There will be free parking on the south side of the Gorecki Alumni Center Refreshments will be served.

Williams was named dean of the CoBPA on Aug. 7. She succeeds Dennis Elbert, who is returning to a faculty role within the College this fall.

Margaret Williams

Williams came to UND from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she worked for 12 years, three as an interim dean. Also at Wayne State, she was chair of the Management and Information Systems Department before being named interim dean.

Before Wayne State, Williams was with the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). At VCU, she also served as director of the assurance of learning program as well as director of a leadership development program for faculty and staff within the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.

Williams earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Indiana University. She's served on the faculty of Purdue University in the Psychology Department and the School of Management where she taught in a top-ranked MBA program. Williams has done research on employee compensation, leadership, employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace, and work-life issues appear in many of the top management and psychology journals.

Her teaching spans the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral levels. Prior to entering academia, she held management and human resource positions in a human service agency, serving developmentally disabled young people.