TTU Interim Business Dean Norman Williams Dies

Norman C. Williams, interim dean of the College of Business Administration at Tennessee Technological University, died at his home yesterday. He was 59.

A long-time member of the business faculty at Tennessee Tech, Williams was appointed interim dean this summer when former business dean Robert Bell took office as president of the university.

"The university lost a great leader and a wonderful teacher in Norm Williams," said President Bell, "and I lost a good friend. All of us, from his students to the faculty and staff, will miss him tremendously."

Williams joined the business faculty at Tennessee Tech in 1972, following teaching assignments at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana Tech University. At Tennessee Tech, he taught finance, real estate and insurance, and he was named director of TTU's Division of Management Programs in 1976. He served as interim chairperson of the Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing for two years before being named to that position permanently in 1990.

Beyond his service to Tennessee Tech, Williams was known for his professional service to area businesses. He had been educational advisor to the Upper Cumberland Chapter of the American Institute of Banking since 1995. He worked with a number of local attorneys and law firms; and he was regional coordinator for real estate course offerings, coordinating pre-licensing and continuing education for real estate professionals in the Upper Cumberland.

Region III representative of the American Institute of Banking, Williams was also a member of the Financial Management Association, the MidSouth Academy of Economics and Finance and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Williams' family includes his wife, Sue; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Robin Cowan and Charlotte and Mark Morton; and two grandsons, Justin and Christopher.

Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, at Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m., Friday, at Hooper and Huddleston.

Memorial donations can be made to the Norm C. Williams Scholarship in the College of Business Administration at Tennessee Tech.