Darrell K. Williams is a retired three-star general who is now the President of his alma mater Hampton University. He is also a former Vice President and Managing Director of Leidos, a Fortune 250 technology company where he provided global logistical support to U.K. military forces. Williams is a tried-and-true leader whose greatest assignment as a leader, commander and director may very well be in front of him with the Hampton, one of the world's top historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and a beloved institution.
In this special episode of Getting Deals Done (GDD), our executive producer Tori Reid takes the opportunity to speak with new President Darrell K. Williams at their alma mater Hampton University about the business of leadership and education. (Tori also enjoyed a historic conversation with President Williams' predecessor Dr. William Harvey on her society and culture show, and GDD's sister show, Here's to Life.)
In Part 1 of this insightful and timely interview, Williams talks about his inspirational journey from student cadet to three-star general to President of his beloved alma mater, his unique and successful brand of leadership, his vision for Hampton University and how "a standard of excellence" has not only created one of the best mid-sized universities in the United States but a piston in global engines for leaders of character.
"The next thing in terms of legacy that I hope you are feeling is this idea of Hampton being the standard of excellence which we have been. That model has served Hampton (University) extraordinarily well since 1868.” Darrell K. Williams, President of Hampton University
Guest: Darrell K. Williams
Guest Host: Tori Reid
Creator and Producer: Patrick A. Howell
Executive Producer: Tori Reid
Co-Producer: James Parker
Writer: Patrick A. Howell
Audio Recording: Franklin Fitzgerald
Post Production: Cutting Edge Editing
Additional Post Production: Stereo Mixtrumental
Music Supervision: Another Place in Time Music
Premier Advertising Sponsor: Vivreau Water Systems
Advertising Sponsor: Hilton Sacramento Arden West
Ad Voiceover Artist: Ginger Levert
Photo Credit for Darrell K. Williams: Jason Putsche Photography
Episode Intro: Earth (Light It Up)/Tilden Parc, Xavy Rusan
Introduction: Minuet for Violins/Cercles Nouvelles
Commentaries: Canon in D Major - Chamber Music Version
Outro: Sunday Morning Sermon/Duke Herrington
Vivreau Ad: Soft Speak/Siarate
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