Dr. Lee Williams
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
Head Golf Coach
A native of Euclid, Ohio, Dr. Lee Williams has always enjoyed working with numbers and mathematics. He was a senior at Heidleberg College when the school bought its first computer, an IBM 1130. He wrote his first program - the computer solved the problem - and he was hooked.
Before coming to Bridgewater College in 1995, Williams spent 22 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, rising to the rank of commander. While at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., he served as chairman of the computer science department. Two of his tours of duty involved budgeting and procurement of computer equipment. In Software Engineering, Williams is able to correlate real-world experiences with class activities.
With the evolution of computers from mainframes to personal computers, BC's computer science department is constantly changing and improving to keep up with technology. Williams wants his students to be prepared to face whatever challenges they might face in the workplace.
Williams enjoys working with students and keeps in touch after they graduate via e-mail, Homecoming events and football and basketball games. Williams remembers one student in particular - Brian Stanfield, a member of the National Guard, who had to interrupt his studies for a tour of duty overseas. While many students would have given up, Stanfield returned to BC and, in May 2005, earned a degree in information systems management. He also earned a commission in the U.S. Army via ROTC at James Madison University. In 2007, Williams was presented the College's Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award which acknowledges faculty who "provide caring concern for students well beyond the role as teacher."
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Williams has served as head coach of the College's golf team for the past 10 years. He acknowledges that although he is an avid golfer, he is not a very good one. Rather than concentrate on their club swinging skills, Williams incorporates the leadership skills he developed in the Navy to encourage and focus the golfers. His coaching methods appear to be working as the team's goal - to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship and receive an NCAA bid - is getting closer every year. In 2009, the BC team was ranked 10th in the nation out of 268 teams in Division III. In 2010 he was named ODAC Coach of the Year.
Williams earned an M.S. in computer systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He also is a graduate, with distinction, of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and earned a Ph.D. in information technology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.