BELMONT, N.C. (May 14, 2015) – Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder announced the appointment today, of Dr. David Williams as Belmont Abbey College’s next Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Williams, who joined the Abbey as assistant professor of theology in 1999, has served as interim vice president and academic dean for the past 10 months during the college’s national search for a new academic leader.
“Dr. Williams’ leadership, academic credentials, teaching experience, collegiality and dedication to mission, will help ensure that our reputation for academic excellence and personal formation of our students continues to grow,” Thierfelder said in a statement to the college community.
Dr. Williams has served the College in a variety of capacities: as Chair of the Theology Department, and of the Government & Political Philosophy Department, as Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee which reviews applications for tenure and promotion, and as Chair of the Faculty Assembly. Together with Donald Beagle, the Director of Library Services, Dr. Williams was instrumental in the development of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Promoting Information Literacy Over Time (PILOT), as a way of helping students learn to navigate the many streams of information that deluge the 21st century.
Dr. Williams is the author of the book Receiving the Bible in Faith: Historical and Theological Exegesis, published by The Catholic University of America Press, and often speaks on theological topics or as part of diocesan programs.
Raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York, and brought up a Methodist, Dr. Williams was received into the Catholic Church during his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University, where he majored in Government and minored in Philosophy. After graduation, he earned an M.A. in Christian Ethics at Boston College, followed by doctorates in Political Science and Theology. Dr. Williams lives in Mount Holly, NC, with his wife Emily.
Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students. For more information, visit belmontabbeycollege.edu.