Chairman Donna N. Williams, reappointed to the Board of Regents in 2011, is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Government Services, a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction leader in facilities, advanced technology, and management processes. She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University and has 30+ years of program and project management, business development, and engineering design and construction experience in both government and private sectors.
She is responsible for managing the southwest region of a nationwide, multi-year contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) potentially in excess of $1.3 billion. The contract covers a wide range of equipment and structures for the National Airspace System and involves upgrade of facilities, equipment and systems for air traffic control towers, runway landing and navigational systems.
Chairman Williams has received numerous state and national accolades for her work, including: Parsons’ "Engineer of the Year" award (1993); service on the Corporation’s Leadership Council (1999); Women’s Transportation Seminar for the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter’s “Woman of Inspiration” award (2002); U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology recognition as One of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology (2006); and service on significant initiatives of both Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. President George W. Bush appointed and the United States Senate confirmed her as a Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
She is involved in many civic activities, including Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dallas African American Museum (board member), Justin F. Kimball High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (board member), and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health National Board of Directors. An appointee of Governor Perry to the Board of Regents, she chaired the search committee leading to selection of Dr. Brian McCall as chancellor and is currently serving a second term as chairman of Texas State University Board of Regents.
She and her best friend, The Honorable Michael L. Williams, Texas Education Commissioner, celebrate 29 years of marriage.