Faulkner University Announces Mike Williams as Next President
Faulkner University announced today that Mike Williams, Vice President of Advancement at Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas, has been named its next president, effective June 1. He will succeed current president Billy Hilyer. After 29 years as president, Hilyer will be moving into a new role as chancellor. Williams will be Faulkner’s 8th president.
“Dr. Williams was selected to lead Faulkner University because he has proved he can reach beyond the reasonable, the tried and true and always achievable,” said Bud Stumbaugh, chairman of Faulkner’s Board of Trustees. “One of many examples of this occurred when his previous university charged him with leading a 5-year campaign to raise $105 million. The 2008 great recession made this goal look impossible. The Institution exceeded the goal and raised $129 million. He has shown he can stretch and not stay stuck in the status quo. Our board is confident Mike will lead Faulkner not only to accomplish what people think can be done, but what people think can’t be done.”
The selection of Williams concludes a years long search, led by an 8 member search committee. Hilyer said Williams is the best man for the job.
“Mike has the academic training and background needed for the job, and over the past 20 years he has worked in two areas of higher education where success is easily defined but hard to achieve. He has been very successful in both of those areas,” Hilyer said.
Those two areas are fundraising and enrollment.
“More importantly, he has the inward qualities and personal characteristics necessary for success as a leader in higher education,” Hilyer said. “My friends who know him well tell me he is a humble individual—a person with a good heart and spirit. And, ultimately, those are the qualities that determine success.”
Williams comes to Faulkner after 28 years of serving Harding University. During his time at Harding, Williams has served as the director of admissions, assistant vice president of enrollment services and most recently as the vice president of advancement. Williams received both his bachelor and master of business administration from Harding. He received a doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the 8th President of Faulkner University. I am humbled by the confidence of the Board of Trustees,” Williams said. “It will be a privilege to serve in concert with this distinguished group of Christian scholars and outstanding student body. Faulkner has a rich heritage as a Christ-centered institute of higher learning. I look forward to joining the university community as we craft a bold, ambitious vision for the future.”
Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to five colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, along with several online degree programs.