Professor Jerome Williams inducted into PhD Project's Hall of Fame for his leadership role within organization

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jerome Williams, a distinguished professor of marketing who holds the Prudential Chair in Business at Rutgers Business School, was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame on Nov. 20.

When Williams began his career in 1986, he was the only African American to receive a PhD in marketing. He is considered a leader within the PhD Project, which has worked to encourage to increase diversity in the faculty of business school’s and doctoral programs.

At Rutgers, Williams teaches in the Department of Marketing. He also is the research director for The Center of Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and the PhD program director.

Professor Jerome Williams in Washington Park, outside Rutgers Business School.

"(Professor Williams) has and continues to encourage people of color to pursue careers as marketing academics and contribute to diversifying our classrooms,” the PhD Project said in a press release.

Williams is also a core committee member of the American Marketing Association Foundation. As head of its diversity subcommittee, he oversees the foundation’s diversity programming and awards, including the creation of scholarship funds for populations underrepresented in the marketing profession.  

The PhD Project was created to increase diversity among professors teaching in business schools across the country by encouraging African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans to pursue doctoral degrees.

Williams was formally inducted into the hall of fame during the PhD Project’s annual conference in Chicago.

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