Meet the Dean: Joseph Williams

 Joe Williams

Where does business theory meet business practice? What happens when the pursuit of profit and the pursuit of meaningful purpose converge? These are the kinds of critical issues we explore in Seattle Pacific University's School of Business, Government, and Economics.

In our classrooms we investigate how to produce high-quality products and services that meet real needs ― as well as how to create environments where people enjoy the freedom to engage their creative talents most fully. We've found these ideals can best be accomplished when profit is emphasized as a means, rather than an end.

Faculty members at SPU integrate Christian faith concepts in all their disciplines, and closing the perceived gap between business and faith is an important component in our programs. When I became dean of this school in July 2013, I was attracted not only to its strategic Seattle location, but also to its well-earned reputation for advocating another way of doing business – business you can believe in.

Ultimately our approach is rigorous in the core business disciplines while remaining faithful to the gospel's call to service. Our school delivers an outstanding business education, accredited nationally by the AACSB and distinguished by its emphasis on applied learning.

So along with our dedicated faculty and staff, I look forward to meeting you, and to learning along with you.

Joseph Williams
Dean of the School of Business, Government, and Economics

 Joe Williams

About Joseph Williams

Dean Joseph Williams earned a BA from the University of California-Berkeley in 1978; an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980; and an MBA and PhD from University of Texas-Austin in 1982 and 1987, respectively.

He has held positions at Sun Microsystems and at Microsoft, where he was chief technology officer in its Global Accounts organization. Before his work in the technology industry, Dr. Williams was a faculty member at Colorado State University, the University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and Bucknell University.

Books by the Dean

Windows NT Server 4: Concepts & Practice
(Que Education & Training Press, 1999)

An Introduction to Computing Infrastructure
(Que Education & Training Press, 1997)

Bots & Other Internet Beasties: An Introduction to Intelligent Software Agents
(SamsNet, 1996)