Joanne P. Williams

SVP, Finance & Administration at Fairfield University

JoAnne Williams is the senior vice president of Finance and Administration for Fairfield University, and oversees the planning, development, and management of Fairfield’s financial, physical, and technological resources, as well as it’s auxiliary services. A native of Costa Rica, her personal and professional experiences have provided Ms. Williams opportunities to live and work in countries around the world, most notably Central America and Europe, as well as the United States. Williams holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from McNeese State University, and has experience working in roles ranging from applied engineering and software development, to finance and administration, for companies such as Citgo, General Motors and Unigraphics Solutions.

After obtaining her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Ms. Williams followed her lifelong interest in higher education to a career in academia, and joined Fairfield in February of 2022.


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