On August 2, 2015, Dr. Williams was installed as the first male and 12th President of the National Black Nurses Association. Currently, Dr. Williams is the Assistant Director/Faculty Chair and Professor of Nursing at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA. He is recognized as being the first African American male faculty member where he began his appointment in 2001. Dr. Williams earned a BSN degree in 1986 from William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS. He worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse in a variety of settings such as medical – surgical, emergency room, and the intensive care unit. While teaching in a practical nursing program, at the age of 24, Dr. Williams pursued a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing with a focus in Adult Health and Illness from the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama and graduated in 1991. Upon completion of the MSN degree, Dr. Williams was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, where he worked for ten years. He was the first male faculty member to be hired as a nursing faculty member since the inception of the nursing program in 1942. In 2007, Dr. Williams earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Williams has presented locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of health relate topics. He was featured in a CNN segment on health Care Reform entitled “A Nursing Professor Rejoices.” Also, he was featured in Minority Nurse regarding NBNA 40th Anniversary. Dr. Williams’s research interest is centered on levels of cultural competence among nursing students. He was listed as a pioneer in nursing by St. Louis University. Dr. Williams presented at the 2017 International Congress of Nursing in Barcelona, Spain on Mentorship of Minority Students: A pillar of successful leadership.
Dr. Williams is a past board member of the American Association for Men in Nursing and American Nurses Association/ California. Currently, He serves as a board member of the Haiti Nursing Foundation, and the Minority Nurse Magazine Advisory Committee. Also, Dr. Williams was inducted into the William Carey University Hall of Fame on March 28. 2015. More recently, McDonough 35 Sr. High School recognized Dr. Williams during the Centennial Celebration as one of the TOP 100 Graduates. He was featured as a local leader by Working Nurse Magazine in 2015. Dr. Williams received several awards including the Diamond Award from J.U.G.S. ( Justice , Unity, Generosity and Service ) and the HEAS ( Health, Education , Arts and Sciences ) Foundation Life time Achievement Award (2017) , The Great 100 Nurses of New Orleans (1992), Outstanding Young Men of America (1987), and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities (1986). Dr. Williams was a recipient of the 2011 National Black Nurses Association Trailblazer Award. As President of the National Black Nurses, Dr. Williams created the following programs: Violence Reduction, Mentorship, Substance Misuse and Global Health.
In 2017, Dr. Williams was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for his work in violence reduction and stellar leadership.