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Memoir

Robert L. Williams
Regent's Proceedings 1047

Robert L. Williams, Administrative Dean in the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, has retired from a most active and effective career of service to the University and is eligible for Emeritus appointment.

Born in Hillsboro, Texas, he received his A.B. degree at Millsaps College in 1925. He then attended Northwestern University where he received his M.A. in 1926 and Ph.D. in 1928.

In 1928 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Education at Mississippi State College for Women. From 1930-32 he also served as Director of Educational Research and from 1932-36 as Registrar.

He was appointed Assistant Registrar at the University of Michigan in 1936. He was subsequently promoted to Administrative Assistant on Special Services in the Provost's office, 1945; Assistant Dean of Faculties, 1951; and to his present position in 1958. He carried the additional title of Professor of Education from 1955 to the present.

Throughout his tenure with the University Dr. Williams played a very vital and key role in the development and implementation of the basic educational policies of the institution. His contributions to the development of fee structure, admissions policy, academic budgeting and Regental bylaw revision are but examples of his dedicated efforts that affected so many different facets of the University.

His colleagues and friends are indebted to him not only for his service but for his wise and helpful counsel which aided them in working through the administrative tangles that so often plague such a large and complex institution.

The Regents extend to him now their warm appreciation for his immense contributions to the University community and are pleased to name him Administrative Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education.