Sept. 9, 2009
Gregory H. Williams, currently president of the City College of New York, has been named the 27th president of the University of Cincinnati. He will take office Nov. 1.
"Gregory H. Williams brings to the University of Cincinnati a bold vision for the future of higher education," said UC Trustees chair 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."
The selection caps a search that began on March 17, when UC Board chair Buck Niehoff announced the appointment of a search committee and the selection of a firm, Heidrick & Struggles, to assist the search process. The Search Committee first met on March 30 and set a goal to announce a new president by autumn 2009. The search was organized following the Feb. 10 announcement that Nancy Zimpher, president since 2003, would become chancellor of the New York state university system. During the search, Monica Rimai has served as interim president.
"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 has earned five degrees, including a JD and a PhD from the George Washington University, and he holds four 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 the City College of New York in 2001, he was dean of the Law School and Carter 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.
Author of three books and a number of articles and book reviews, Williams is best known for his award-winning and best selling memoir, "Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black." As a result of his autobiography, he has been featured on a number of national programs including "Oprah," "Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw," "Larry King Live," ABC's "Nightline with Ted Koppel" and "Fresh Air with Terri Gross" of National Public Radio.
Interim president Monica Rimai accepts position at SUNY
Watch video of Williams' first speech at UC
Feature on Williams and his approach toward diversity
Visit the official site of the UC Presidential Search Committee
Sept. 8, 2009
The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees will meet in special session at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center.
The purpose of the special meeting is to consider the appointment of the President of the University of Cincinnati.
The special meeting will be Webcast for the convenience of those who are not able to attend in person.
Aug. 26, 2009
Board of Trustees Chairman Buck Niehoff reports on UC's presidential search, providing an update on where the process stands, affirms the university's timetable for naming its next president, and reinforces the impact this individual will have on the Proudly Cincinnati Campaign in a new video produced by the University of Cincinnati Foundation.
Aug. 13, 2009
The search committee working to identify UC's next president is poised to interview potential candidates. Follow every step of the process, including minutes from their meetings at the below link.
April 29, 2009
President Nancy Zimpher and the university community bid each other farewell at a reception attended by about 500 people in Great Hall at Tangeman University Center on April 28. Zimpher becomes the chancellor of the State University of New York system on June 1.