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Doyle Zane Williams, 81, former dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, died on September 29th in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Williams was dean from 1993 to 2005.

During his tenure, the college received a $ 50 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, established its Graduate School of Business, and opened the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development. The college also rose from 48 to 28th in the US News & World Report ranking of public business schools.

While at the helm, the college established the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, opened the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – now known as Dr. Barbara A. Lofton Office of Diversity & Inclusion – and founded the Center for Business and Economic Research’s annual Business Forecast Luncheon.

Williams began his academic career in 1965 as an accounting professor at Texas Tech University. He then worked for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants before returning to Texas Tech to teach. He eventually became a department head.

In 1978 he was appointed dean of the University of Southern California’s School of Accounting and was interim dean of the USC School of Business Administration from 1986 to 1988.

Upon retiring from the UA in 2005, Williams was named Dean Emeritus of Walton College and the university donated a $ 1.5 million honorary chair to him and his wife, Maynette.

After retiring, Williams was a Senior Scholar at Kennesaw State University in Georgia from 2008 to 2012 and Executive Director of the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program for the American Institute of CPAs Foundation.

Williams was inducted into the National Accounting Hall of Fame in 2020. He has also served as President of the American Accounting Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, President of the Administrators of Accounting Programs, and President of the Federation of Accounting Schools.

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northwestern State University in 9960, a masters degree, and a Ph.D. in accounting in 1965 from Louisiana State University.