Dr. J. Michael Williams is the Executive Director of Enrollment Services & Partnerships and Asst. Professor of Business at the Worldwide Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He provides leadership and strategic vision for the global dual enrollment efforts of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, which operates, at over 20 physical high schools locations and online. The eternal student of the sciences, he studied biology and chemistry at Bethune-Cookman University. Where he cultivated his love of Functional Genomics and advanced scientific inquiry. Recognizing the gaps between the needs of researchers and the operational/governmental relations associated with the advancement of STEM and STEM-related subjects his focus shifted from being a researcher to working in support of researchers. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix with a focus on higher education administration, strategic planning, implementation, and development.
Throughout his academic tenure, Dr. Williams spent time in the functional genomics department of Oak Ridge National Laboratories under the National Science Foundation/Department of Energy – Faculty & Student Teams, the Howard Hughes Biomedical Research Program (Xavier University of Louisiana), the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Bethune-Cookman University), and various research projects conducted at Bethune-Cookman University in conjunction with MBRS and MARC.
After departing from laboratory research, he continued his professional career as an advanced science instructor within the Volusia County Public Schools System providing instruction for anatomy & physiology, biology, advanced chemistry I & II, earth & space science, and physical science. Dr. Williams was instrumental in shaping the Program of Advanced Scientific Studies and its summer academy designed to increase the interest in STEM-based subjects in grades 8-12. Through his Gifted Hands Initiative, Dr. Williams has served as a career advisor to countless high school-aged students many of whom are now established professionals across aviation, medicine, research, and business. He has been recognized at the city, district, and state level for excellence in education.
His research includes functional genomics and the study of biological agent DNA, protein synthesis related to Parkinson’s disease, and the relationship of business applications to the higher education environment. As an assistant professor, he provides instruction in strategic management, small business management, customer value, principles of management, and leadership.