Williams to Commence UMES Opening Activities

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Williams, Dr. E. FayePRINCESS ANNE, MD - Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire, is the keynote speaker for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Annual President's Convocation scheduled for Monday, August 24, at 10 a.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts.  The event starts a week of activities for new and returning faculty.

    A dynamic speaker in her own right, Williams is recognized internationally for her positive, powerful and convincing presentations.  She has appeared on numerous radio shows and television programs associated with BET, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and the Canadian Broadcasting System, including "Good Morning America," "The David Brinkley Show," MSNBC's "Hardball" and others.  In addition, she has appeared on WorldNet Television to discuss the role people of African descent play in elections.  In the U.S., Greece, Iraq, Haiti, Gabon, Senegal, Tunisia, Palestine, Israel, Benin and other nations, she has addressed numerous peace and human rights groups.

    Williams served as a talk show host for a number of years on "Focus on the African World" on Radio One.  She later hosted "The George Washington Carver Health and Wellness Show" on WWGB Radio, served as director of public affairs, and hosted the popular news talk show, "PowerTalk."   Additionally she hosted "Empowerment 2000" on WYCB Radio.  She appears as a regular commentator/panelist on several radio and television programs.

    As president and CEO of Natural Health Options (NHO), Williams has exclusive manufacturing, marketing and distribution rights to natural products created from the work of the scientific genius, Dr. George Washington Carver.  NHO is one of the successful businesses inspired by the 1995 Million Man March, for which Williams served as host committee co-chair and international spokesperson. 

    Williams is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the NAACP, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.  She is a member of many other business, educational, professional, peace, human rights and civic organizations as well, from which she's received hundreds of honors, to include the Council for the National Interest's They Dare to Speak Out Award for her work on international affairs and peace and human rights, induction into The History Makers and the Zeta Phi Beta Community Service Award.  Additionally, she has been named one of Ebony Magazine's "100 Most Influential Black Americans" and Ebony's "Power 150."

    Williams holds a Ph.D. in public administration from City University at Los Angeles, as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, an administrative credential from U.C.L.A. and  B.S. degrees from Grambling State and the University of Louisiana.  She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and has studied at the University of California, the University of Michigan, Pepperdine University and George Washington University, where she studied in the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

    At UMES, Williams will serve as the 2009 Bernstein Lecturer.  Named for Richard A. Bernstein, founder of BAI Aerosystems, Inc. in Easton and K&L Microwave, Inc. in Salisbury, and supported by the Richard Bernstein Fund, the Bernstein Lecturer is charged with promoting excellence and encouraging outstanding performance among UMES students and faculty.