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Amber Williams Named Vice Provost for Student Success

Amber Williams

Amber Williams

I am pleased to announce that Amber Williams, assistant vice chancellor for academic services and enrollment management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will become UT’s first vice provost for student success. She will join the campus January 1, 2020.

This is a new position that reflects the university’s commitment to our land-grant mission of providing broad access to a top education and ensuring that our students are getting the resources they need to persist and graduate. Dr. Williams’s entire job will be dedicated to helping our students succeed.

In this role, Dr. Williams will identify, develop, and guide innovative initiatives to improve student retention, persistence, progression, and graduation rates. She will design, advance, and lead innovative approaches to enrollment management, the university budget model, and data-driven decision making.

She has spent her career dedicated to leading initiatives that improve student experiences and has numerous accomplishments in strategic enrollment management, student success, and building community.

In her current position at UNL, Dr. Williams leads enrollment management and financial aid strategies to attract and retain a diverse student body. She provides leadership to nearly 200 staff members in multiple offices across campus and collaborates with campus partners to develop research-based recruitment, retention, and enrollment strategies.

Previously, Dr. Williams served for six years as UNL’s director of admissions and associate dean for enrollment management. Before joining UNL, she was an admissions counselor for the University of Kansas.

Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in communications studies from the University of Kansas. She received her master’s degree in leadership education and her doctorate in education and leadership studies from UNL.

Dr. Williams has shared with me that she’s looking forward to engaging the campus community as we work together to support each student’s unique strengths and goals.

I’d like to thank the search committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement Tyvi Small, for their time and effort with this successful search.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Williams to the Big Orange family.