The Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professorship was established in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996 by Elizabeth “Lib” Taylor Williams of Winston-Salem.

Her planned gift of $333,000 was supplemented with $167,000 in matching funds from the State of North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create a $500,000 endowed professorship that honors excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Williams was born in 1927, and she graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Spanish in 1950. She served on the board of directors of a center for disadvantaged youth in Charlotte. She died in December 1998.

Her husband, Tab, was born in 1927. He served as president of A.T. Williams Oil Co., but he was better known as the operator of more than 100 Wilco Foodmart stores in North Carolina and Virginia.

Elizabeth and Tab have four children: Arthur Tab III (B.S. ’80), Susan (B.S. ’80), Stephen (B.A. ’82) and Nancy.

The Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professor:

Richard Superfine