Eric Williams recently retired as the Executive Director for Equity Affairs at Grand Rapids Community College. His primary role was to facilitate diversity and inclusion efforts at GRCC. Prior to this role, he served the College as the Executive Director for all non-credit programs and as the Executive Director for Economic Development. In addition, he teaches business courses on an adjunct basis for the College. Some of those courses are Business Innovation, Supervision, Organizational Behavior, and Introduction to Business.

He has been employed in various capacities by The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University and Calvin College. Mr. Williams has been active with the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez for six years and many other community organizations as well. In addition, he has owned a consulting firm for over 20 years having worked with over 250 local, statewide and national organizations. This work includes consulting with over 40 local nonprofits. He has written grants in excess of $2 million dollars and designed programs as well. He is experienced in program development, program evaluation, organizational assessments; board development, fund development, and other areas of management.

He also published an award winning series of classic African American literature entitled the “Heritage Series” through his former company Candace Press. He has served as an elected official for the City Commission of Grand Rapids and has participated on numerous boards & committees throughout West Michigan. He has a bachelor and masters degree from Oakland University and has completed all but his dissertation for a doctoral degree in Public Administration at Western Michigan University.

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