Harry L. Williams
Delaware State University
Source: Dr. Harry Lee Williams
Dr. Harry L. Williams became the 10th President in the 119-year history of Delaware State University on January 10, 2010, after serving as the institution’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Shortly after beginning his tenure as president, Dr. Williams convened a Blue Ribbon Commission that crafted a new vision statement and a set of core values to establish DSU as one of America’s most highly respected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
During the first eight months of his tenure, Dr. Williams held more than 200 meetings with constituencies, including White House officials, Governor Jack Markell, the Delaware Congressional delegation, state legislators, alumni groups, community organizations and others. Dr. Williams also took two trips abroad to sign new collaborative agreements with institutions of higher education in China and South Africa.
Dr. Williams progressed from an associate director to associate vice chancellor posts in the areas of academic affairs, enrollment and diversity at Appalachian State University from 1988 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2007. He served as interim director of admissions for North Carolina A&T University from 2002 to 2004.
In addition to his experience within institutions of higher education, from 2002 to 2008 Dr. Williams was a national marketing and recruitment associate consultant with Noel-Levitz, the top national consultation firm for enrollment and management solutions in the country. In that capacity, Dr. Williams provided consultation expertise to 14 different institutions of higher education, including Delaware State University.
Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in communication broadcasting and a Master of Arts in educational media, both from Appalachian State University. He earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.