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UDM Names Joseph Mueller, S.J. and David Williams II to Board of Trustees

December 31, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees welcomes two new members: Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., S.T.D., associate professor of Theology, Marquette University and David Williams II, MBA ’79 and J.D. ’82, vice chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, Athletics director and professor of law, Vanderbilt University.

Joseph G. Mueller, S.J.Fr. Mueller plays an essential role in Marquette University’s mission, teaching ecclesiology and early Christian theology.  Since 2008, he has worked as a member of the team representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Theology at Marquette University, a Master’s in Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago, Master’s of Divinity from Weston School of Theology, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Centre Sèvres in Paris, France.

David Williams II is also joining the University’s board after receiving two degrees from the institution and teaching at the School of Law.  In his position at Vanderbilt University, he guides all of the Athletics, Recreation, Intramural and Club Sports programs.

Under his direction, the Vanderbilt program has had great success on and off the field of competition, including an initiative to more fully integrate Commodore athletics into the total Vanderbilt student life experience.

David Williams IIA native of Detroit, Williams is a graduate of Northern Michigan University where he was a member of the track team. He also earned a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Detroit and a Master of Law (LLM degree) in taxation from New York University. Before entering law school, Williams spent 10 years as a teacher and coach in the Detroit public school system.

Williams has taught at the law schools of the University of Detroit, Capital University, The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt, and directed the Ohio State University Law Program in Oxford, England in 1992 and 1995. He was elected outstanding law professor at both University of Detroit and The Ohio State University.

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