(WKTV) - Utica School of Commerce President Phil Williams has now reached his 45-year anniversary with the school, with 30 of those years serving as president.
The private two-year college was founded by Williams' great-grandfather Thomas J. Risinger in 1896. Williams joined the staff at the school in 1968 and was named president on Dec. 7, 1983.
Williams is member of many local, regional and New York State educational development entities, such as the board of trustees of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, the Association of Proprietary College and the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties. He is a past chairman, current vice chairman, member of the executive committee and member of the Board of the School and Business Alliance of the Oneida County BOCES.
Williams also serves as a trustee for the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Utica Empire Zone, the Greater Mohawk Valley Community and Elder Wellness Council and the Neighborhood Center of Utica. In 2010, he was inducted into the Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame.