PROFESSOR Oliver Williams, Academic Director of the Centre of Ethics and Religious Values at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, has been appointed as a visiting professor at the UCT Graduate School of Business for a period of three years. Williams' appointment formalises a four-year association with the School, which has seen him teaching business ethics on both the Executive MBA and MBA programmes since the mid-1990s.
Professor Nick Segal, Director of the GSB, said that he was delighted to welcome Williams to the School as a formal visiting professor and that he expected Williams would continue to add "immense value" to the School and enrich its international context.
Williams' career spans both the religious and academic worlds. An ordained priest in the Catholic Church, he is an associate professor of management in the College of Business Administration at Notre Dame University. He specialises in understanding how the ethics of virtue might inform the ethical conduct of managers, and is an expert on economic and political issues in South Africa. He currently serves as chair of the US board of the United States-Southern Africa Leadership Development Programme, an initiative begun in 1955 to develop leaders who will enhance democratic values and the quality of life at all levels of South African society.