Q&A with assistant professor of business and leadership Michele Williams


Michele Williams, assistant professor of business and leadership, began as a student at Malone in 1988, studying business and communication arts. She has been employed here since 1993. Williams earned her MBA from Malone as part of the program’s first graduating class and received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 2012.

Aviso: What do you teach at Malone?

Williams: This is my last semester teaching communication skills. I also teach leadership communication for our master’s in organization leadership program. I teach business communications for our Malone Management Program.

Aviso: How did you end up at Malone?

Williams: I was a student here at Malone. I started in 1988 and I was a student worker in the admissions office. I graduated from Malone in 1992. I came back to Malone in 1993 as an admissions counselor. I went on to work as the assistant registrar, and I started teaching part time in 1998, and I went full-time teaching in 2000. Malone is part of my core, and it’s part of who I am. I love it here.

Michele Williams, an assistant professor of business and leadership, began as a student at Malone in 1988. (Photo by Charley Garwood)

Aviso: Tell me about your family.

Williams: I am married to my husband Dave, and I have two stepsons, Matthew (28) and Nathan (24). My daughter is Eliana who will be 3 on Valentine’s Day. Our golden retriever named Autumn is also part of our family. Our family is a little bit unique.

Aviso: What is your secret jam song when driving?

Williams: I love, love, love “My Redeemer Lives” by Nicole C. Mullen. If you ask my daughter, it’s going to be “Let It Go.”

Aviso: What is your favorite season?

Williams: Fall. I love the change of seasons. I love the colors. What’s better than putting on a hoodie and drinking hot chocolate?

Aviso: What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?

Williams: Probably stockings. I always grew up doing stockings, and it was a tradition I brought to the family. Decorating Christmas cookies is always fun, too. Our Christmas cookies have humor behind them. We have a reindeer that has been nicknamed “the Christmas Moose.” We have one my husband thought was Santa with a backpack on that my husband put it my stocking. It’s actually a teapot. We have to have the leg lamp from The Christmas Story every year. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have the leg lamp, the moose, and the teapot.

Aviso: If you could do any job for one year, already having the training, what would it be?

Williams: I think a cool job would be to be the host of Entertainment Tonight. I think it would be so cool to meet some of the Hollywood actors and actresses and do the broadcasting. I just think that would be fun.

Aviso: What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Williams: We were at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort eating at Cocina de Autur where they served us “lima con escamoles” which translates to lime topped with ant larvae. It was gross!

 Alicia Meyer is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.

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