There is something to be said about the triangle of knowledge,
the progression and development of society, and the advancement of man. This piece
highlights: The road to deanship and what makes the man, and the challenges,
accomplishments and prominence of the man for Doyle Zane Williams, Ph.D., Dean of the
flagship business school for the state of Arkansas.
Little did the world know that on Dec.18, 1939, in a small town in Louisiana (Natchitoches
Parish), a visionary and great leader would be born. The knowledge, perseverance and
spirit of a unique and unwavering leader had descended upon this great planet. The husband
and father of two, son Zane (B.A. Economics, Rice University; M.S. and Ph.D.
Finance, University of California, Berkley), and daughter Elizabeth (A.A. Northwest
Arkansas Community College), says that, The support of my wife, Maynette Derr
Williams (B.S. and M.S. Texas Tech University; Ph.D., Ohio State University), has been
critical to any success I have enjoyed in my professional career.
The Road To Deanship and What Makes The Man
In an article, entitled Fire, flood, 49 Ford shaped Williams life,
by Bill Bowden, published Feb. 4, 2002, in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, Dean
Williams describes in vivid detail the early conditions of his childhood and what some
would consider an extreme exercise in adversity. Dean Williams tells how the family home
burned to the ground Christmas night in 1943, and having to move into an abandoned
sharecroppers house on the bayou. The article also notes how Dean Williams was
able to pick his weight in cotton in the 9th grade, Ninety-nine pounds of
cotton in a single day. He also recounts his first experience with a shower after
entering Northwestern State University in 1957. This is not exactly ...