John R. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in upper elementary education in 1959 and a master’s in education administration in 1966 at Northwestern State.  He taught in Grant and East Baton Rouge parish schools from 1959-66 before joining the staff at Louisiana State University as director of short courses and conferences.  In 1977 he was the founding dean of the Division of Continuing Education and from 1982-86 was director of governmental relations for the Louisiana Bankers Association. He later served as executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and as vice chancellor for advancement at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.