Betty Smith Williams, DrPH, MN, MSN, RN, FAAN 
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Association 

Betty Smith Williams has served as Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s College, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and California State University Long Beach; Assistant Dean, School of Nursing, UCLA.; Dean, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and Founding Dean, School of Nursing, American University of Health Sciences. 

Ms. Williams is a cofounder and charter member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) 1971. She is the 7th National NBNA President, an associate Editor of the NBNA Journal, and has served more than 25 years on the NBNA Board of Directors. Ms. Williams cofounded the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. (NCEMNA) and after 11 years, she is President Emerita and continues as principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Betty’s services include Board of Directors of Blue Cross of California, American Nurses’ Association’s national committees and commissions, National Advisory Council of National Institutes of Nursing Research, National Treasurer of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and a life member of NAACP. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has received over 60 awards and citations. 

A South Bend, Indiana native, Dr. Williams holds degrees: Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Howard University; Master in Nursing, FPB School of Nursing CWRU; Master of Science, UCLA School of Nursing; Doctor of Public Health, UCLA, School of Public Health.