Summer 2001

Midwestern Law School Dean Assumes City College Presidency



t its March 26 meeting, the Board of Trustees appointed Gregory H. Williams the 11th president of City College. Dr. Williams, the holder of a doctorate in political science and a law degree, has served in senior administrative positions at the University of Iowa, George Washington University, and, most recently, Ohio State University, where he has been Dean of the School of Law since 1993.

He is also the author of a widely acclaimed autobiography, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black (Dutton).

The book is often assigned on college campuses across the country for classes on racism, poverty, alcoholism, and many other social and coming-of-age issues.

Williams' work as Dean of the Ohio State University College of Law has been widely recognized, notably for hiring about 40% of the faculty of the College of Law during deanship and increasing the number of named chairs and professorships by 50%. For a recent $1 billion capital campaign, Williams was able to raise approximately $25 million from an alumni base of approximately 7,000 Law School graduates.

"Dr. Williams will provide first rate and first class leadership to an institution that has served as the launching pad to success for tens of thousands of New Yorkers," said University Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

CCNY's new leader graduated from Ball State University in 1966, received a master's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, and earned his two advanced degrees at George Washington University.