CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati officially announced that Dr. Gregory H. Williams will become the school's 27th president.
Williams will take office on Nov. 1.
He replaces Nancy Zimpher, who took a position with The State University of New York (SUNY).
A search committee first met on March 30 to begin discussing candidates for the position. Over 100 applicants expressed interest in the job. On Wednesday, the Board of Trustees voted to name Williams as UC's next president.
"Gregory H. Williams brings to the University of Cincinnati a bold vision for the future of higher education," said UC Trustees Chair H.C. Buck Niehoff, who also chaired the Presidential Search Committee. "He has a remarkable record in building enrollment while ensuring academic excellence and diversity. He is a noted scholar with a substantial background in academic leadership, particularly in a public setting."
Williams was serving as the president of the City College of New York, where he's been for eight years. In a press statement, the college claims he helped increase enrollment by 50 percent.
Williams is an attorney with a doctorate in political science who has written a book titled "The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black." He is a native of Muncie, Ind. and has five degrees, including a J.D. and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University, and he holds three honorary degrees.
"To all the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UC, I look forward to working with you very soon," Williams said. "There are few institutions in the United States that can match the diverse resources of the University of Cincinnati. It is a research powerhouse with outstanding academic programs, committed alumni, a proud community, and a world-class faculty truly dedicated to student success. The University of Cincinnati is truly among America's premier urban research universities and we are going to make sure the world understands it."
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