Milton Wilson Award

MiltonWilsonThe Milton Wilson award is presented to a past Business School Dean in recognition of leadership, service and commitment to the academic profession. This award is given in honor of Dr. Milton Wilson.

Dr. Wilson was among the nation’s first 100 African American CPAs, the first in the state of Texas, and was one of the first seven African Americans to earn a doctoral degree in accounting. Dr. Wilsons’ vision and commitment to excellence in higher education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) resulted in his leading two HBCUs to earn accreditation for the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the only dean to accomplish this feat. Dr. Wilson was also instrumental in the creation of the African American Accounting Doctoral Students Association (AAASA) which led to the PHD Project Doctoral Students Association.

At the time of his passing in 2003, Dr. Wilson was Dean Emeritus at Howard University.


JohnWilliamsDr. John Williams
Dean, Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

John E. Williams, who has served on the Morehouse College faculty for over three decades (1976-1986, 1989-2013), is the Mills Lane Professor of Finance and Dean of the Division of Business Administration & Economics. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College; Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Business Administration in Finance-Information Systems and the Ph.D. in Land Economics and Finance from Georgia State University. Dr. Williams has completed Post Doctorate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU) and the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics, where he is a Homer Hoyt Fellow and a member of the Weimer School of Advanced Land Studies’ Faculty.

Dr. Williams’ primary research focus is “Land Economics.” He has published manuscripts on a variety of topics including: Mortgage finance, Portfolio Management, Tenure Choice, International and Domestic Real Estate Portfolio Diversification, and Real Estate Investment Software. He has also published a Real Estate Investment Case Book and a Real Estate Software User’s Guide. His works have been printed in a host of prestigious volumes such as the Journal of Real Estate Research. Dr. Williams has presented papers at numerous conferences for organizations such as the European Real Estate Society, Washington Research Forum, the American Real Estate Society, African Real Estate Society, Homer Hoyt Institute of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Land Economics on such topics as the economic impact of professional sports venues, stadium development and the effects of economic diversification. He has served as editor of a special issue of the Journal of Real Estate Research. His current research includes the application of modern portfolio theory to economic base analysis, inner city real estate markets and mortgage market efficiency.

Dr. Williams published a Professional Code of Ethics that was reviewed and approved by the American Real Estate Society board of directors of which he served as President and Chair of the Executive Board. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and serves as a member of its Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) charged to review and rewrite the current Business Standards. He is past president and member of the Board of Directors of the HBCU Business Deans’ Roundtable, member of the European Real Estate Society and co-founder of the African Real Estate Society. Other professional memberships include: the American Finance Association; American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association; Delta Sigma Pi (Professional Business Society); the Appraisal Institute; Southern Finance Association; Golden Key National Honor Society; Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society; Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Economics Honor Society). He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Past Award Recipients Include:

Milton Wilson 2003
Sybil Mobley 2004
Quiester Craig 2005
Percy Vaughn 2006
Lincoln Harrison 2007
Edward Irons 2008
Willis Sheftall 2009
Otis Thomas 2010
Barron Harvey 2011
Tilden Curry 2012
John Williams 2013


TildenCurry-DeanTSUTilden Curry
Dean, College of Business
Tennessee State University

Tilden Curry has served as Dean of the College of Business at Tennessee State University since 1985. During this period, a few of the more significant accomplishments include: (1) The first university in Nashville and the first public Historical Black College or University (HBCU) in the country to have its business school gain and maintain accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels from the prestigious AACSB International, (2) major increases in student enrollments, (3) the endowment of two academic chairs of excellence, (4) major increases in overall corporate support, (5) several international linkage agreements, (6) the receipt of major grant awards, (7) new academic degree programs, the development and implementation of four strategic plans, (8) a systematic growth in faculty intellectual contributions and expectations, (9) major improvements in instructional facilities, and (10) strong ties to the business community.

Prior to beginning a career in higher education in 1976 at the former University of Tennessee at Nashville, Tilden had spent eight years in Tennessee State Government, largely in the roles of Director of Regional Development, Executive Director of the State Planning Office, and Special Assistant to the Governor. In 1974 he took an educational leave to attain a Ph.D. degree from Florida State University. In 1964, the B.A. degree was received from Louisiana State University and in1966, the M.C.P. degree was received from the University of Cincinnati.

Recent intellectual contributions have focused business ethics with articles in eNewsline, Decision Line, and The Journal of Developing Areas, as well as the Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Association of Business and Society held in Florence, Italy.

Current and recent professional and community services include serving on peer review teams of AACSB International, an academic team of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Treasurer of the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, and a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club of Nashville, Nashville Agenda, Alignment Nashville, Downtown YMCA Board of Directors, and Salvation Army Corporate Board of Directors.