Edinboro alumnus and AT&T executive chosen to speak at 2018 Commencement in May

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 5:56 PM

During May 2018’s commencement ceremony, Edinboro University alumnus Xavier Williams (’89) will speak, addressing the crowd and the newest batch of soon-to-be alumni. 

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro in business administration with a minor in mathematics. Williams has served as president of AT&T’s business operations and currently works as the president of the public sector and wholesale solutions for the corporation.

“In his current role as president, Williams has end-to-end responsibility for AT&T government clients at the federal, state and local levels, as well as education customers and wholesale customers globally,” a press release from Edinboro University said. 

In addition to other numerous awards Williams has received throughout his career ­— including Edinboro University’s Distinguished Alumni Award and a spot on Savor’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in corporate America — Williams will receive an honorary doctorate when he returns for commencement on May 12. 

“He demonstrates exceptional character through his philanthropy and service to others,” Marilyn Goellner, Edinboro’s vice president for advancement said of Williams in EU’s press release. “Xavier and (his wife) Tina Williams share common values with Edinboro University, and their generosity has been instrumental in bringing gifted young minds to campus who have the opportunity to learn from talented mentors.”

Williams said in an interview with EU communications: “I fully credit my time and experiences at Edinboro for many of my personal and professional achievements thus far in life. To be recognized by the ‘Boro, I’m humbled, speechless and honestly have emotions that I cannot adequately articulate.”

 Hannah McDonald can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com. 

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