Dr. Williams worked in the hospitality industry for seventeen years managing both chain restaurants and independent restaurants that included a Mobile Guide four-star restaurant. He holds a Ph.D., Master of Science, Bachelors, and Associates Degree, all from the Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to joining the University of New Orleans as Director of the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, Dr. Williams served as Director of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management & Dietetics at Kansas State University and as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Williams' research in grant procurement and publishing are in the human resource area. He has published refereed articles in a number of journals that include the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Journal of Management Development, Journal of the American Dietetics Association, Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, Journal of Foodservice Business Research, Journal of Restaurant and Foodservice Marketing, and Florida International Journal. His current research involves the study of the success, plateau, and derailment of management.