Ronald Williams Day reception and exhibit

In recognition of Ronald Williams Day, the Library will be hosting a reception on October 10th at 5 p.m. on the Library’s first floor. Ronald Williams Day was designated in 1985 by late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in honor of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents.

Dr. Ronald Williams’ served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 till his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve the quality and accessibility to educational opportunities for First Generation College educated students. As he so well pointed out, “I want to stay here because my job represents an opportunity to develop a model of what an urban public university can be…they provide the vehicle for upward mobility”. It is a tribute to Dr. Williams that Northeastern Illinois University continues that tradition and commitment.

Dario Villa, Associate Professor – University Archivist

The reception to honor Dr. Williams is sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership Development, the Ronald Williams Library and the NEIU Alumni Association. Light refreshments and cake will be served. For more information on the event, call the Office of Alumni Relations at extension 4205 or

An exhibit honoring Dr. Williams is also currently on display in lobby of the Library.  For more information and/or resources on the life of Ronald Williams, please contact the University Archives.

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