Tri-C Faculty Spotlight: Todd Allyn Williams
August 05, 2015
Todd Allyn Williams would be right at home in the intellectual salons of 18th century France. Williams is a man who loves to debate ideas, to challenge beliefs, both his and yours. Williams, an associate professor of business and economics at Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus, is a man of the mind, both in and out of the classroom.
In addition to being a full-time professor, the Akron native hosts a talk show called The Todd Allyn Show on WINT-AM. The self-funded, weekly program is on a temporary hiatus, but will return in time for the Republican National Convention in 2016.
“The gist of the show was to talk about different ideologies regardless of background. All we do is try to talk issues. There’s nothing personal,” he said.
Podcasts of previous shows are at the station’s website, and Williams has a Facebook page for the show. Guests may range from a local business owner to a white supremacist. Williams doesn’t court controversy, per se, but it sometimes finds him.
“The reason I use Todd Allyn is because, when I was going to get a whooping from my mother, she would call me by my first and middle name. So I figured that the show might be controversial enough that it should be called ‘Todd Allyn’,” Williams said. “I want to build my brand to attract students who want to come to Tri-C . . . It’s important as faculty that we do things in the community.”
He has fortified his brand by authoring And the Cattle Upon the Thousand Hills: Money Management for God’s People and will soon finish another book, Money Boot Camp: Basic Training for Mastering the Art of Financial War. He also runs a small business, Planet Wealthy, which helps people manage their relationships with their financial advisers or other financial consultants.
“I saw my grandparents struggle,” Williams said. “I saw their lifestyle change over time because they got poor advice from the financial-services industry, so I wanted to learn about it . . . Money is probably the most misunderstood thing in people’s lives, yet it’s up there in importance like air.”
Williams was dean of the college of business at Chancellor University and helped develop and implement the Jack Welch Management Institute, an online MBA program later sold to Strayer University. He has also worked for Global Fortune 500 companies.
But he has found a home at Tri-C.
“Being educated allows you the opportunity for alternative discourse. It allows for intelligent conversation about different viewpoints . . . As educators, it’s our responsibility to not bring in our personal ideology, but to expand the different theories and allow students to figure out for themselves what they want to follow.”