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Edward E. Williams
Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at Rice University
Dr. Williams is Professor Emeritus at Rice University where he has taught since 1978 until his retirement in 2014. He founded the entrepreneurship program at Rice, which has been rated in the top five both domestically and internationally for the past five years. In 2013, Rice was ranked the Number One Executive MBA entrepreneurship program in the world by the Financial Times of London. Dr. Williams organized this program in the year 2000. Dr. Williams specialized in value creation, business valuations, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, and the consolidation of fragmented industries. He has helped former students, both as a mentor and as an investor, acquire businesses in such areas as oil field services, manufacturing and real estate. Accordingly, Dr. Williams has been ranked as the Number Two Entrepreneurship Professor in the United States by BusinessWeek. Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. with specializations in Finance, Accounting, and Economics with degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published twelve books and numerous articles in his areas of expertise. Dr. Williams was one of the original critics of the Efficient Market Hypothesis in research papers and books in investment analysis going back over forty years.