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External Affairs Associate And Research Professor Anne Williams Awarded Honorary Degree
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Clarkson University External Affairs Associate and Research Professor Anne S. Williams received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 110th Commencement on Sunday, May 11.
The degree was awarded "for her exceptional impact as an ambassador of Clarkson University and in furthering the institution's educational mission, and for her exemplary leadership as a mentor, scholar, and administrator in higher education."
In addressing the graduates, Williams said, in part, "... set priorities and give your life balance. Work hard, but play hard too. And make it your goal to have fun both working and playing. And, most importantly, give yourself courage. Courage to take risks that may lead to failure, but might lead to the most interesting and enriching times of your lives."
Since Williams arrived at Clarkson in 1995 with her husband, President Denny Brown, she has served as an extraordinary ambassador of good will for the University. Williams has not only assisted the institution in garnering significant resources to further its educational mission, but her warm sincerity has also come to symbolize Clarkson's caring, human soul to students, alumni, and friends.
Before coming to Clarkson, Williams was dean of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., where she implemented major revisions in the graduate curricula and developed grant and research support services for faculty. Her other achievements there included implementing programs to promote higher academic standards and recruit academically stronger students, and attracting more minority and economically disadvantaged graduate students.
Previously, she served as dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, and provided academic and administrative leadership for a faculty of 300 in 17 academic departments and programs with seven specialized centers and institutes. At Montana State University, she also held positions as director of the Survey Research Center, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and professor in the Department of Sociology. During 20 years at Montana State, she carried a full-time teaching load and developed a continuously funded program of research. She has also been very active in professional associations at the national level.
At Clarkson, Dr. Williams has served as research professor and External Affairs associate. She has played significant roles in fostering understanding of Clarkson's educational strengths among external audiences, and in promoting closer bonds among the far-flung members of the University community.