Bruce Williams ’09 (Falk College) G’12 (School of Education) bleeds Orange through and through. “I was born and raised here in Syracuse, New York on the southside. I went to a private Catholic school – Christian Brothers Academy – and then I attended Syracuse University for both undergraduate and graduate school,” he says.
As an undergraduate student, Williams earned a full scholarship to the University to play football. He saw playing time almost every game and was even elected team captain his senior year.
William’s stayed with the University after earning a master’s degree. He says, “I worked in the athletic program as an academic coordinator for five years.” Following that role, Williams held a position working in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, he joined the Martin J. Whitman School of Management staff as an academic advisor in the Whitman Undergraduate Office.
Some of William’s favorite pastimes are spending time with his wife and two daughters. “Anyone that knows me knows that family is my focus,” he says.
“Other hobbies I have are watching sports, coaching football and watching lots of cartoons, not because of the kids,” jokes Williams.
Williams notes the hurdles he has had to overcome to get to where he is now. He explains, “Not many people where I come from make it out. I was fortunate to be able to attend CBA.”
Being a student-athlete also had its demands. “I faced many obstacles. Being a full-time student as well as dedicating over 40 hours a week to football was difficult. Having to learn time management and juggle all the responsibilities of being a student and athlete takes a lot of work,” remarks Williams.
Regardless of the challenges Williams has had to face, he remains loyal to Syracuse University. He says, “I love being a part of the Whitman community. I love working with my coworkers in the undergraduate office. I think we have such wonderful people in our office. They make it worth coming to work every day with a smile on my face. I also love working with the students here, they’re such good young adults.”
Williams tries to be a source of inspiration and mentorship for people outside of the University community as well. He explains, “Being part of the Syracuse University community runs deep for me. Being a local, I try to give back to my community by mentoring the youth and sharing my story with those who want to hear.”
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