Dean of the College of Education and Social SciencesLeonard Williams is a 1974 graduate of Southern Illinois University and earned his master's degree from SIU in 1976, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1981. He started teaching at Manchester in 1982 and has deep experience as a faculty leader, serving multiple terms as department chair, Faculty Executive Committee chair and Social Science Division chair. A scholar of American politics, Williams' work has been published extensively. He is the author of one book and co-editor of two more.
As the dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, Williams provides vision and leadership for faculty and leads collaborative efforts to develop long-range goals for the college and achieves those goals through high-quality programming and strategic planning.