Professor Jerome Williams chosen as next provost of RU-Newark

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jerome Williams, a distinguished professor of marketing at Rutgers Business School, will begin serving as provost of Rutgers University-Newark on Sept. 1.

Professor Williams helped to raise the stature of Rutgers Business School with his reputation as teacher and researcher as well as his expertise and leadership. Since his arrival at Rutgers in 2010, he has filled the Prudential Chair in Business, served as director of the PhD program and overseen research at The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.   

Distinguished Professor Jerome Williams will become provost of Rutgers University-Newark.

His appointment was announced by Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor on June 24. Williams succeeds Todd Clear who will return to his faculty position and resume his work in criminal and social justice.

In announcing the selection of Williams as provost, Cantor noted his international esteem as a scholar and leader in business education.

"The range of his national prominence is evident in the American Marketing Association having named an award in his honor and in his associate editorship of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing," Cantor wrote. "He also is recognized for his leadership in the PhD Project to diversify the next generation of scholars, faculty and leaders in business, as well as for his deep involvement in efforts to reduce childhood obesity, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative."

Cantor said Williams will represent Rutgers University-Newark on the Rutgers system-wide Promotion Review Committee and work with senior system and university leaders to ensure that a wide range of scholarly pursuits and collaborations are appropriately supported. Other priorities will include, building a robust, high impact research program for RU-N and collaborating with other RU-N leadership team members to strengthen and grow anchor institution partnerships and initiatives, according to Cantor's announcement.

In an email, Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei also noted the breadth of Williams’ leadership and influence.

"His well-established knowledge of multicultural community engagement adds tremendous value to the implementation of the chancellor’s RU-Newark strategic plan,” Lei said. “We are also very glad that Jerome will continue to be engaged with RBS in his role as the Prudential Chair in Business."

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