Doctor of Letters, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (2008)

Ed D. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1983)

M.Ed., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1976)

B.A., University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College (1968)


President Emerita, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT (2019 - Present)

President Emerita, Ithaca College, NY (2008 - Present)

President, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (1997 - 2008)

President, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT (1989 - 1997)

Trinity College, Burlington, VT: Associate Academic Dean; Chair, Department of Business and Economics, Associate Professor (1985 - 1989)

Director, Educational and Personnel Services, Vermont State Colleges, Office of the Chancellor, Waterbury, VT (1982 - 1985)

Assistant to the President, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont (Summer 1981)

Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT: Director, Northern Region; Coordinator of Instruction and Advisement, Lamoille County (1972 - 1982)

Medical Social Worker, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1972)

Caseworker, Children’s Services, Monroe County Department of Social Services, Rochester, NY (1968 - 1972)


Community College of Vermont; Trinity College (VT), Johnson State College (VT): Principles of Management; Human Resource Management; Women in Management; Organizational Behavior. (1976-1989)

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow in Accounting and Control for Non-Profits. (1980)


American Council on Education, Leadership Facilitator, ACE Fellows Program; American Association of University Women (AAUW) board member and vice chair; Vermont Public Radio, chair of the board; consultant/advisor to senior leaders in higher education; member International Women’s Forum. (2009 - Present)

Trustee, St. Michael’s College, VT (2008 – 2017, vice chair 2014-2017)

Governor’s Working Group—UVM and State of Vermont (2011-2012)

Member, NCAA Division III President’s Council and Executive Committee Subcommittee on Gender and Diversity Issues (2004 - 2008)

Commission Member, American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education, Commission on Women in Higher Education (2003 - 2005)

Committee Member, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors, CEO Roundtable (2003 - 2008)

Board of Directors, Council of Independent Colleges (2002 - 2005)

Board of Directors, Academic Search Consultation Service (2002 - 2003)

Board of Directors, Canada-U.S. Foundation for Educational Exchange, Fulbright (2001 - 2007)

Advisory Council, Finger Lakes Land Trust, NY (2000 - 2002)

Board of Directors, American Council on Education (2000 - 2003)

Board of Directors, Tompkins Trust Company, Ithaca NY (1999 - 2009)


Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Vermont YWCA

Vermont Community Foundation

Vermont Women’s Fund

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Alumni Council

Sacred Heart School of Montreal, board chair


Alway Award, St. Michael’s College (U of Toronto)—Alumni Achievement

Jackie Gribbons Award for Leadership (VT Women in Higher Ed)

Donna Shavlik award from the American Council on Education (Office of Women)

Catherine McAuley Award, Mercy Connections (VT)

Peggy Williams Leadership Award, Lyndon State College

Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic Achievement and Community Leadership, Ithaca College

Peggy R. Williams Difficult Dialogues Symposium, Ithaca College

Peggy Ryan Williams Center—Gateway Building, Ithaca College

Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, VT Women in Higher Education

David and Peggy Williams Endowment for Women Student Leadership (Ithaca College)

Peggy and David Williams International Study Award (Ithaca College)


Married to David Williams. Resides in Johnson, VT and Fernie, British Columbia

Updated: June 2018

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