Edgar G. Williams


IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1998)
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1994)
Kelley School of Business
M.B.A., 1948; D.B.A., 1952
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1994)
Ceremony in Bryan Hall
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
President's Medal for Excellence (1992)
Honorary Degree Dinner
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


Edgar G. Williams was born in Poseyville, IN, in 1922. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After leaving the military, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1947 at Evansville College. Afterward, he and his wife, Joyce, moved to Bloomington, where Williams completed both a master and doctoral degree in business administration. After finishing his doctorate, Williams was appointed professor of management at Indiana University.

When Williams was appointed chair of the department of personnel and organizational behavior in the School of Business, he began a career in academic administration that would last almost three decades. Over the years, Williams published widely in his field and served in a variety of administrative positions including: associate dean of the School of Business, chair of the University Task Force on Management and Organization, executive assistant to the president, vice president for administration, and vice president for finance and chief financial officer for the Indiana University system.

After his retirement in 1988, he continued to serve the university as special advisor to the president, interim director of intercollegiate athletics, and interim director of human resources. He also served as president of the Distinguished Alumni Service Association. Williams was awarded two Sagamores of the Wabash, the IU President's Medal, the Thomas Hart Benton Medal, and the Distinguished Alumni Service Medal. He was also an Honorary "I" Man, and a member of the IU Athletic Hall of fame.

He died in 2012.