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Dr. Lawrence R. Williams

Lawrence Williams

Vice Provost and Dean of University College


Dr. Lawrence R. Williams was born in Point Blank, Texas, and grew up in the nearby East Texas town of Livingston, Texas.  After graduating from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Livingston, he attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from Texas Southern University in 1969 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a minor in Physics.  After spending two years serving in the United States Army, he began his graduate study in 1971 at The University of Michigan, where he received an A.M. degree in Mathematics in 1972 and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1976.

Dr. Williams joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1976, and joined the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1983.  He was tenured in 1986 and was promoted to full professor of mathematics in 1994. 

In 1990, Professor Williams was featured in the National Science Foundation publication Models of Excellence.  He received a teaching excellence award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy of The University of Texas at Austin for his work with students participating in their annual Summer Project in Policy Skills program. He was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Committee of Visitors commissioned to review the National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) grant program.

Professor Williams’ research interests are in the field of mathematics called functional analysis.  He is especially interested in the theory of operators on Hilbert space.  He has a number of articles published in respectable research journals, and some of his research was supported by an NSF grant.  From 1991 to 2005, he received funding of over $760,000 from the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to support students interested in pursuing careers or graduate study in the sciences and engineering.  Also from 2000-2005, he received over $488,000 from the NSF Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) grant program to assist students interested in pursuing careers or graduate study in computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

Dr. Williams served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the former College of Sciences and Engineering and the present College of Sciences from 1987 until 2001.  In 2001, he accepted a position in the central administration of UTSA that has evolved into the present position of Vice Provost and Dean of University College.

Vice Provost and Dean of University College is responsible for coordinating the undergraduate curriculum at the university, for implementing academic policies and procedures for undergraduates, and for providing academic support programming to help our students achieve their educational goals.