Williams decides to retire



Princeton, N.J. -- Van Zandt Williams Jr., vice president for development since 1980, has announced his intention to retire.

Williams said he will step down as soon as Princeton's new president is on board and is ready to choose his successor. He expects that will be no later than June 2002.

"I figured it was time to let someone else have the fun," he said.

During his tenure at Princeton, Williams has managed two successful fund-raising campaigns. This past June, he and his staff completed the special campaign in celebration of the University's 250th anniversary. The Anniversary Campaign had a goal of $900 million and concluded with a record total of $1.14 billion, making it the most successful fund-raising effort in University history. From 1982 to 1986, Williams oversaw "A Campaign for Princeton," which began with a $275 million goal and ended with $410 million raised.

Williams said he has no immediate plans after retirement, but intends to remain actively involved in the University as a volunteer. A 1965 Princeton graduate in chemistry, he earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Yale University in 1968. Following his graduate work, he joined Union Carbide, where he held successive positions in research, business planning, financial analysis, field sales and licensing.

Williams, 57, serves on the boards of the McCarter Theatre, the Princeton Area Community Foundation and the Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association. He is also on the advisory council for the Trust for Public Land in New Jersey and the national advi-sory council for DeVry University.


February 19, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 17
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