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Retired University President Offers Guidebook for Leaders


In an effort to combat what he sees as an epidemic of corrupt behavior among public and private officials, a retired university president is announcing the publication of Anatomy of Corruption: An Inner Guide for Honest Leaders.

“We see the word ‘corruption’ used in connection with politicians and celebrities in almost every election cycle,” said Dr. Philip C. Williams, who served as President of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana until his retirement in 2017. “We talk about it as if it were a disease, yet we never ask exactly what it is or how it can be prevented, diagnosed, or treated.”

In his guidebook, Dr. Williams uses what he calls an “inside out” approach to diagnosing corruption in ourselves and others.

“The key is to spot the symptoms, nip them in the bud, and destroy them if they have already taken root,” he added. “This is a handbook for those of us who interact daily with other people. It should be required reading for those who have accepted leadership roles.”
Paperback and Kindle editions are currently available only at Amazon.

Williams earned his law degree at Columbia University and his master’s and PhD degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After practicing corporate and general practice law for 15 years he returned to academia. After years of service as a faculty member and administrator, he was appointed President of the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama in 2006. In 2010, he was tapped as President of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he served until his retirement.

During his academic career, Williams was honored by the North Carolina State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (NC-AAUP) for “courageous and steadfast academic integrity.” He represented public universities in two states on the Council of State Representatives of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He served on peer review accreditation committees, both off-site and on-site, for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). He has received both the Community Service Award and Chairman’s Cup Award from the Lake Charles, Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Williams is now retired and lives in Vancouver, Washington.

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