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William Williams

Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Instructor of Finance

William Williams

Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Instructor of Finance


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.B.A., Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College 


Bill Williams grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was educated at The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT), Malvern College (UK), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and The Amos Tuck School (Hanover, NH).

Following his graduation from Tuck in 1977, Bill spent two years with W.R.Grace & Co.’s Acquisitions Group before moving into the investment banking business with Blyth Eastman Dillon (later absorbed by Paine Webber) in 1979. There he worked on a wide variety of transactions for corporate clients including securities issuance, mergers and leveraged lease financings.

Bill moved to Paribas Corporation (now BNP Paribas) in 1987 and specialized in cross-border structured and tax-motivated financings for clients of the firm. He led a team of New York and London-based professionals creating financing structures that took advantage of the differences between tax codes in jurisdictions all over the world.

Having tired of international travel and Wall Street egos, he relocated his family to Nashville in 1993 and has been a self-employed corporate finance consultant since. In this capacity he has changed his focus from large clients with access to the global capital market to smaller, generally younger, enterprises whose managements need advice and assistance on a broader range of issues. His assignments have ranged from start-ups to liquidations in sectors that include healthcare, restaurants, apparel, financial services and precious metals.

He is currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Cumberland where his primary responsibilities are to bring a business perspective to the university’s decision-making and to ask difficult questions of its senior leadership.  

Bill is active locally in the fundraising efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1960 and hopes to see a cure during his lifetime. Until that happens, he will use his life experience to teach others how to avoid the disease’s ugly and expensive complications.