H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
Johnnie Williams, Ph.D.

Professional Positions

  • Professor, Business Strategy at Texas Southern University
  • Director, Asset-based Transactions at Enron Corp.
  • Professor, Business Strategy at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Conservation & Load Management at Tennessee Valley Authority 

Johnnie is an insightful academic with extensive corporate experience who brings cross-fertilization from both environments in order to develop and implement programs that improve time-to-completion, retention and graduation rates. She is a leader who manages the strategic planning process to form a shared, coherent vision throughout an organization. Johnnie works with diverse groups of faculty and students to achieve positive outcomes in academic, community, and corporate cultures.

Johnnie has hands-on business experience, previously serving as director of asset-based transactions for Enron and working with local power distribution companies at Tennessee Valley Authority.

She led large-scale multi-million dollar acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships with special applications in the natural gas, renewable energy, power, which provide valuable insights for fundraising in a major segment of the Houston economy



Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Tennessee-Knoxville

M.B.A. in Planning from University of Tennessee-Knoxville

B.A. in Biology/English from Rollins College


Professional and Community Affiliations

Advised and coached more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students to academic success via case and business plan competitions, student organizations, as well as community outreach programs

Served as the Texas Southern University Internal Consultant for the SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Chaired TSU School of Business Assessment Committee which appropriately measured and assessed program outcomes, leading to the re-accreditation of the university’s 2nd largest program