Dr. Richard "Biff" Williams


Dr. Richard Williams served as president of Utah Tech University (previously Dixie State University) from 2014 through early 2024. Previously, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and founding dean of the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services at Indiana State University. Prior to Indiana State, Williams served as an associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a faculty member; executive associate director of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services; and athletic training department chair.

Williams has a PhD in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University, master’s in athletic training from Indiana State University and a bachelor’s in lifestyle management from Weber State University. 

On campus visit schedule

Opportunities for the public to meet Dr. Richard “Biff” Williams.

West Plains

Wednesday, Feb 14

  • 1:30-2:30pm
    • West Plains Open Forum
    • Fowler Lecture Hall, located in Looney Hall
  • 2:45-3:45pm
    • West Plains Community Reception
    • Kellett Hall, Parlor
Springfield Open Forum

Thursday, Feb 15

The open forum with Dr. Richard "Biff" Williams was moderated by Lynn Parman, Chair of the Board of Governors. Attendees were able to ask questions both in person and via Zoom.

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