H. James and Carole Williams

H. James and Carole Williams

The H. James & Carole Lynn Campbell Williams Scholarship in Business honors their parents: Reverend Hubert Sam and Reverend Lula Mae Williams and Clarence Charles and Rose Holiday Campbell. These parents, three fourths of whom never attended any college, understood how critical college educations would be to their children’s opportunities to live the “American Dream.”

Clarence Campbell was born in Montezuma, Georgia and moved to Flint, Michigan as a small child. He served his Country bravely during World War II, primarily in North Africa and Italy. He came home to Flint, Michigan where he and Rose Campbell built a beautiful life for their family of six children, including Carole. Clarence Campbell distinguished himself while working for 30 years at General Motors (in Flint, Michigan), including 10 years as Plant Supervisor before his retirement. Rose Campbell was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She worked primarily as a stay-at-home mom, providing the careful love and attention that created and preserved the children’s successful growth and development and wonderful memories.

Reverend Hubert Williams and Reverend Lula Williams both grew up in Hemmingway, South Carolina where they met and married. The two moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where they have remained. The Williamses also raised a family of six children, including H. James. Reverend Hubert Williams worked 20 years with Hanes Hosiery (now Sara Lee) and 18 years with R.J. Reynolds. He also served as pastor for eight African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches over 40 years. Reverend Lula Williams worked for 27 years at Sara Lee; she also served as pastor for six AME churches during her 20-year career as a minister.

Carole Williams graduated from Southwestern High School in Flint, Michigan at a time when the city flourished. She and most of her high school friends went on to college. Carole attended the University of Michigan (at Flint), where she earned a BA degree in Business. She completed an MBA at Clark Atlantic University before working for ten years as a Financial Analyst with International Business Machines (IBM), for which she worked in locations around the world, including, most notably, White Plains, New York, Zurich, Switzerland, and Tokyo, Japan. After giving birth to her first child, Michelle and while expecting the second child, Garrett Carole decided to leave the professional ranks to spend quality time with the children. She re-entered the work force on a full-time basis fourteen years later as a certified Public Accountant with Grand Valley State University to monitor a significant Federal Grant.

H. James finished East Forsyth High School, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at a time when tobacco made Winston-Salem very prosperous. He witnessed a few of his close friends who could not move on to college. H. James attended North Carolina Central University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Accounting. After working as a Certified Public Accountant with a major public accounting firm, he completed an MBA, at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He, subsequently, completed a PhD in Accounting and two law degrees (in securities and taxation law). H. James worked for twelve years as a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, and Florida A&M University, before serving 11 years as Assistant Dean (at Texas Southern University) and Dean (at Delaware State University’s School of Management and North Carolina Central University’s School of Business). He assumed his current role of Dean of the Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business in July of 2004. He has also worked as a public accountant and as a securities and tax attorney.

Since they worked their way through undergraduate school, before securing scholarship funds for advanced studies, both H. James and Carole understand the difference financial support can make for a student striving to achieve academic excellence. Moreover, they understand the current circumstances under which many young persons labor to educate themselves in Michigan’s inner cities. Consequently, they intend this scholarship to support the educations of students from the cities of Flint and Grand Rapids who possess the intellectual capacity and desire to achieve higher education but who lack sufficient resources to pursue it.