MURRAY, Ky. – Murray State University has announced that John A. Williams will be conferred an honorary doctorate degree at the University’s Spring 2017 Commencement exercises, to be held on Saturday, May 13, on the Murray State campus, in recognition of his ongoing support of the University.
Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science with majors in accounting and economics. He then practiced accounting and management consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in St. Louis. From 1963-65, as a UK ROTC graduate, Williams served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, directing development of experimental data processing systems at 7th Army Headquarters in Germany.
In 1965, he served as the founding CEO in the creation of Computer Services, Inc. (CSI), headquartered in Paducah, Ky., becoming president in 1968 and chairman in 1979. CSI provides a comprehensive suite of financial technology and regulatory compliance solutions to financial institutions and corporate customers across the nation. The company is recognized as a leading global provider of technology solutions by such entities as American Banker, BAI, IDC Financial Insights, and MSPmentor.
Murray State has previously honored Williams by naming the Telecommunications System Management Entrepreneurship annual award the John A. Williams Entrepreneurship Award. He has also received the Dr. Gene Wells Ray Telecommunications Systems Management Lifetime Achievement Award from the University and helped design the computer information systems degree at Murray State.
Williams has been a consistent supporter of the Murray State Paducah Regional Campus, which opened in 2014 and offers programs for students who cannot travel to the main campus in Murray, in order to further their education. The John and Vivian Williams Legacy Plaza represents a special area at the front entrance of the Paducah campus building.
“This honor is being bestowed in recognition of John’s loyal support of Murray State University and to the greater region of west Kentucky. In all things he has done, John has focused on how to better our region and Murray State University. He has, indeed, been impactful in many facets throughout our service region and beyond,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “The University’s Paducah regional campus, along with our nationally recognized program of distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management, are just two examples of John’s commitment to ensuring that Murray State students are afforded endless opportunities that enable them to succeed not only following graduation but throughout their lives. We look forward to proudly bestowing an honorary doctorate of business and technology degree upon John in May.”
John is married to Murray State alumna Vivian Gray Williams, and they have three sons, John, Jr., Kevin, and Brett, three great daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.