R. Owen Williams

R. Owen Williams, past president of the Associated Colleges of the South, previously served as president of Transylvania University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in intellectual history at the University of Cambridge. In 1999, after a 24-year career in finance (at Salomon Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and First Union Bank), Williams returned to academic pursuits at Yale University and Yale Law School, where he earned a doctorate in American History and a Master of Studies in Law. Williams was awarded the Raoul Berger Fellowship at Harvard Law School, the Samuel Golieb Fellowship at the New York University School of Law, the Fletcher Jones Fellowship at the Huntington Library, the Legal History Fellowship at Yale Law School, and the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship in history at Yale. He edited The Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition (Greenwood Press), was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and has published in several books, magazines, journals, and encyclopedias. Williams served as vice president of the New Haven Reparations Coalition and is currently vice chair of the Board of Governors at Gratz College, the oldest Jewish college in America.