Human Resource Management Leader Michael Williams Named Dean Of The Graduate School Of Business For Touro College

Date: September 10, 2008
Dr. Michael Williams
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New York, N.Y. - Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Williams as dean of the Graduate School of Business for Touro College.

“Dr. Williams is a recognized human resource management authority, seasoned educational leader, and industry veteran,” Dr. Lander said. “He possesses the vision, leadership, and business acumen necessary to build Touro University’s Graduate School of Business into a world-class business school preparing generations of business leaders to enable global business in the 21st century.”

Located at 65 Broadway, in the heart of New York’s Wall Street, Touro’s Graduate School of Business reflects a diverse, global population as an international, urban business school.

“I intend to build the Graduate School Business with a focus on enabling professionals from a broad range of industries and professions to earn a world-class business education,” he said. “The School of Business’s exceptional practitioner-oriented faculty, high tech business school center, and unparalleled location in the heart of Wall Street, positions it as an international, urban business school of choice."

In his new post as dean, Dr. Williams plans to focus on key underserved populations including adult learners, non-business professionals matriculating to enhance their careers, and social and/or behavioral science-oriented business professionals.

“Today’s global, sociopolitical environment presents opportunities for well-prepared business professionals,” he said. “These global conditions suggest that it is a crucial time to attend business school, especially a school that synthesizes business, cultural and political dimensions into it curriculum."

As an example of this synthesis, he cited Touro College’s Entrepreneurial Institute, an incubation program for new businesses focused on creating and implementing new products, such as green technologies, to the global marketplace.

Dr. Williams joins Touro after having served as faculty chair of the Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Organizational Development graduate programs in the Graduate School of Business and Technology of Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. He also served as the director of the financial planning program at Fordham University and held teaching appointments at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Northeastern University, among others.

In the private sector, Dr. Williams is founder of Strategic HRM, an international human capital management consultancy. He served in international executive human resource management, organizational learning, and leadership development positions with national and international corporations including J.B. Hanauer & Co. (Royal Bank of Canada) and C3I, Inc. (Seibel Systems). Dr. Williams’ public speaking, consulting, and authorship focuses on emerging paradigms and

practices in human capital management, transformational leadership, change, management, and on-line learning. He has worked with such clients as Xerox Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Langan Engineering, and the America Association of Public School Administrators.

He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and a master of science in human resource management from Fordham University; and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University. In addition, Dr. Williams holds a master’s degree in music performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Williams is a National Endowment for the Humanities recipient and Huntington-Beebe International Music Competition First-Prize Winner. He is currently completing two books entitled Human Resource Executives in the 21st Century Knowledge Age: Partner or Pariah and Exits: Educators Leaving Educations—Portraits of Transition.