Michigan Educator Named To Head UConn Hartford Campus
By Karen A. Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- David Warren Williams, assistant vice president for
institutional diversity at Central Michigan University, has been named
director of the University of Connecticut's
Hartford regional campus, effective Aug. 20.
Williams, who has a Ph.D. in student development from The Ohio State
University, has had careers in college administration and working
for public schools.
"Dr. Williams brings a strong background in urban university education
to his position at the Hartford campus, where we are seeking ways to
expand our student base and enhance
programming," says Fred J. Maryanski, vice chancellor for academic
administration. "The hiring of David completes our regional campus
Williams, who along with the directors of the Torrington and
Waterbury regional campuses will report to the associate vice chancellor
for the tri-campus, says he is looking forward to
joining the University.
"UConn is one of the top research institutions on the East Coast,"
he says. "This opportunity provides me with a chance to move the
Hartford campus to a different level with expanded
programming, and to build a strong partnership with the greater
Williams says he believes a team effort is paramount to accomplishing
positive outcomes in higher education: "The hallmark of my leadership
philosophy is that true synergy is created
when an all-inclusive, enfranchised team with a shared vision is
Williams, who serves as an ombudsman for under-represented campus
groups at Central Michigan and provides oversight of diversity and
international professional development activities
for students, staff and faculty, oversees a budget of $8 million and
has a professional staff of 35.
He also spent three years as an education consultant to the
Minneapolis Schools, working to increase the number of teachers of
color through alternative licensure programs, and served as
a consultant to the Frederick Douglass Math and Science Technology
Academy, a Minnesota charter school.
Former provost and vice president for academic and student affairs
and a professor of secondary education at Metropolitan State College
of Denver, Williams established 23 partnerships
with government agencies, businesses, community organizations and
educational institutions there and revitalized the Office of Grants
and Sponsored Research, resulting in the addition of
more than $12 million in revenue in three years.
He also has served as vice chancellor for academic and student
affairs for the Illinois Board of Regents in Springfield, vice
president for academic affairs and professor of education at Fort
Valley State College in Georgia, and assistant dean for student
affairs at General College of the University of Minnesota.
Williams holds a master's degree in music education from Indiana
State University, a bachelor's degree in music education from Albany
State College, and a certificate in secondary school
administration from the College of William and Mary.
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