STAN WILLIAMS 2007 COLEMAN AWARD RECIPIENT
At the Chapter House on Homecoming, October 6, 2007, with his proud, admiring wife looking on, as well as a multitude of fraternity brothers and guests, Stantley B. Williams, ’60, a native of Monroeville, Alabama, became the eighteenth recipient of a Jefferson J. Coleman Outstanding Alumnus Award since the award’s inception in 1998. Not only an exemplary Chapter alumnus, Stan was also an outstanding student member of the Alabama Chapter from 1956 – 60. During this period, as one of the Chapter’s hardest working student members, he served as Chapter “A” (president) and rush chairman, as well as committee chairman for the building of two prize winning Homecoming floats. (Unlike the past several decades, at that time most campus fraternities vigorously entered the University’s Homecoming float and lawn decoration competitions. During these years, Delta Chi was noted for its many winning entries.)
Stan’s campus extracurricular activities also reflected highly on the Student Chapter: He was an elected SGA representative and assisted in the initial organization of the SGA’s Student Court, on which he then served. As a result of his commendable undergraduate record, Stan was selected to be a member of Who’s Who of America Colleges and Universities.
Upon graduation in 1960, Brother Williams entered the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant for two years in Korea in the Army Security and Intelligence Agency. Upon returning to Washington, DC, for his remaining year of service, Stan received his officer’s commission as a 2nd lieutenant.
Having completed his service to his country, Brother Williams arrived in Atlanta in 1964, where he immediately embarked on a highly successful commercial real estate development career involving the construction and leasing of large commercial buildings/malls throughout the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area, initially, in particular, in Peachtree Center, Perimeter Center and Lenox-Buckhead. In 1975, in partnership with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Stan and his three partners began development of Piedmont Center, which in 14 buildings now contains over 2,000,000 square feet of space on 50 acres of prime Atlanta real estate valued at approximately 400 million dollars. In addition, Stan’s partnership owned and developed the Wachovia Center, a 100,000 square foot commercial building in Gainesville, Georgia, and has been financial investors in other large commercial developments such as the Atlanta Center Plaza office building containing 500,000 square feet located in midtown Atlanta.
Never one to neglect the spiritual side of life, Stan for thirty years has been an elder in Atlanta’s Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church and has served on the Finance/Stewardship Committee for 15 of those years. Not surprisingly, over the years he has headed many of the church’s capital campaigns for building expansion and debt retirement. Church activities are a family affair, with his wife heading the church’s semi-annual blood drive for four years, while serving for many years on the Events Committee that provides special dinners on special occasions.
Despite the strenuous demands of a successful business career, for the last 10 years Stan has dedicated much of his spare time helping lead the efforts of the Alabama Chapter’s alumni and student members in re-establishing and promoting the welfare/growth of the Chapter. Since 1997, first as a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees (ABT) and then as the vice president of the House Corporation Board (HCB), he has successfully led the numerous fund raising drives that have restored the Chapter House to much of its original glory. His good counsel and astute business sense have been invaluable as the Alabama Chapter has moved to regain it rightful place of prominence on the University of Alabama campus. It’s hard to visualize the success the Chapter has achieved without the considerable contributions - both financial and otherwise - of Brother Williams. Having been both an outstanding student and alumnus member of the Alabama Chapter, Stan is an obvious and highly deserving choice for the 2007 Coleman Award.
Still living in Atlanta, from where he makes several trips each year to participate in Alabama Chapter affairs, Stan is married to Ann Ward Williams, who also attended the University of Alabama and is a native of Greenville, Alabama. Among alumni Brothers who know, it is common knowledge that Ann has been a tireless supporter of Stan as he has worked diligently over many years for the Chapter. The men of the Alabama Chapter extend special thanks and recognition to both her and Brother Williams.