Dr. Phillip L. Williams is the founding Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. He also holds the Georgia Power Professorship of Environmental Health Science in the College’s Department of Environmental Health Science. He has over 35 years of experience as a toxicologist and has authored over 100 publications including three textbooks on toxicology. Prior to his arrival at UGA in 1993, he worked as an Industrial Hygienist with the USDOL/OSHA (1975-78), a Senior Research Scientist with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (1978-88) and a Vice President in the Environmental Health and Safety Division of A. T. Kearney, a large consulting firm (1988-93). He was concurrently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (1991-2006).

Dr. Williams currently serves on a number of boards including: the State of Georgia Board of Public Health as chair; the State of Georgia Governor’s Council on Childhood Obesity and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ASTDR/CDC). He previously served on the Board of Directors for ABET (the accreditation board for engineering and technology programs) and in 2010-11 he chaired the Georgia Public Health Commission, which fostered the creation of the Georgia Department of Public Health. He has been a consultant to a number of major industries and governmental agencies including USDOL/OSHA, NIOSH and the CDC. He received his Ph.D. in Toxicology from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Williams was appointed by the Association of Schools of Public Health (now ASPPH) for a term that extends through 2017.