CTS Names Norman Williams Board Chairperson

Posted: October 28th, 2013

Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Norman Williams as chair of the CTS Board of Trustees. This appointment was effective on Friday, Oct. 4.
Williams, who has been a member of the CTS Board since October 2008, replaces Donald C. Clark, Jr. Esq., as chair. Clark concluded his service as chair after leading the seminary since 2008.
“We are thrilled with the selection of Mr. Williams as the chair of the CTS Board of Trustees,” said CTS President, Alice Hunt.  “He is dedicated to the mission of the Seminary as a committed member of the United Church of Christ, as a former student, as the son of a graduate of the school, and as a person whose professional involvements include compassionate care for persons in need as well as the development of strong, just communities.”
Williams is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Illinois-Service Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago, a mutual depository institution chartered in 1934. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 1996. Since 2002, he has served as both Chairman of the Board and CEO.
During his time on the board, he served as Treasurer as well as a member of the executive, loan, asset liability and audit committees.
He is past Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois League of Financial Institutions, a statewide trade association serving the state’s savings and community banking institutions headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. He serves as a member of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee. He previously served as a member on the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association (ABA), headquartered in Washington, DC and on the ABA Government Relations Council Administrative Committee.
Mr. Williams was recently elected to serve as a board director of the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund, Inc. The purpose of the Fund is to assist churches affiliated with the United Church of Christ in financing church buildings, and maintaining and expanding existing structures. He is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Congregational, a church of the United Church of Christ, which he joined in 1977.  He has held the positions of Chairman of the Diaconate, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Treasurer of the Church.
Mr. Williams lives in Chicago’s South Shore community with his wife Lynda, Chief of Schools, Fullerton Network, Chicago Public Schools.
He is a graduate of Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Wheeling, Illinois, where he served as an instructor. He continues to own and operate Unity Funeral Parlors, Inc., founded by his family in 1937.
Williams told the Trustees that he “looks forward to working closely with President Hunt as we continue to implementing our Strategic Plan, increasing access, developing a curricula for the future, and building a sustainable financial future.”
Williams also thanked outgoing Board Chair, Donald C. Clark, Jr. “for the exceptional leadership he has brought to CTS during his five years of service as Board Chair.”
“Because of his efforts, and those of our Board, faculty and staff during his tenure,” Williams said, “we are well positioned to carry CTS forward and support the mission of this fine institution; bringing greater justice and mercy to the world.”