H. James Williams is leaving Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business to become president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Williams, dean of the Seidman College of Business since 2004, will start at Fisk University in February, according to a report Wednesday evening by Tennessean.com.
“We were delighted with him,” Fisk University Bard Chairman Robert Norton told The Tennessean. “We were blown away by his academic record, and he’s at that point in his career where this is the right move for him.”
GVSU announced Wednesday evening the Williams had been named president at Fisk University, which Tennessean.com described as a historically black college with an enrollment of less than 1,000 students.
During his tenure at GVSU, the Seidman College of Business launched a full-time MBA program and began construction on a $40 million new home for the business school on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. GVSU also formed the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.