Dr. Amber Williams
Inaugural Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Through the development, implementation, and evaluation of student success initiatives, Dr. Williams works to retain and graduate a talented and diverse student group. During her first year, Dr. Williams initiated the New Vol Experience, a reimagined six-week transition period; the Vol Success Teams, a three-person network to help students navigate their UT involvement; and the Vol First-Year Experience, a transformative academic and engagement opportunity for incoming students. Students participating in these programs report higher academic and social-belonging levels and are more comfortable utilizing UT resources. Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She received her master’s degree in leadership education and doctorate in education and leadership studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.