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Investiture of Professor William Ocasio

Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cordially invites you to attend the investiture of William Ocasio, professor of business administration, as the James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership in Business Administration.

Friday, March 25 | 3-5 pm
Reception following the ceremony

Deloitte Auditorium | Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive Champaign, Illinois

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William Ocasio joined Gies College of Business in 2020. Prior to that he had spent 25 years at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he taught in their PhD, MBA, and executive programs.

He is an internationally renowned, award-winning organizational theorist and business strategy scholar. He is well-known for his interdisciplinary approach to strategic organizational research and education. He has an unparalleled reputation as a pioneering theoretical thinker who can translate his scholarly work to make it accessible to leaders of global corporations. His award-winning book, The Institutional Logics Perspective: A New Approach to Culture, Structure, and Process (co-authored with Patricia H. Thornton and Michael Lounsbury) is the most cited work in the field.

At Illinois, William also serves as the director of the Illinois Strategic Organizations Initiative (ISOI). ISOI addresses unmet demand by academic communities and corporations for interdisciplinary research in strategic organizational design and management. ISOI’s mission is to conduct, sponsor, and promote world-class research and thought leadership in strategic organizations, which build upon Gies College of Business’ distinguished history and reputation in both organizational behavior and strategy.

William received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad de Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 1976, his MBA from Harvard University in 1984, and his PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University in 1992.


We look forward to offering visitors and guests the safest in-person experience possible. Please visit for the most current information. Effective February 28, COVID-19 guidelines for university events do not require that attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 vaccination record to attend. Face coverings will not be required indoors or outdoors. Any updates to this guidance will be e-mailed to attendees and shared on the university's COVID-19 Event Guidance website. The Investiture Ceremony will be livestreamed for individuals who are unable to attend in person.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Gies Business Office of Advancement at or 217-244-6669. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.