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 25 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 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); US Black Engineer & Information Technology recognition as One of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology (2006); 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 the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Texas Federation of Republican Women, Women’s Golf Association, Dallas African American Museum (board member), and Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. She is a member of the Potter’s House Church in Dallas and is married to The Honorable Michael L. Williams, Texas Railroad Commissioner. An appointee of Governor Perry to the Board of Regents, she chaired the search committee leading to selection of Dr. Brian McCall as chancellor.