Dr. Harry Lee Williams

Dr. Harry Lee Williams '02
2010 Distinguished Alumnus in Higher Education

Dr. H arry Williams serves as the 10th president of Delaware State University. Prior to being selected as president by unanimous vote of the DSU Board of Trustees, Williams had served as the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs since July 2008.

Under his leadership as provost, Delaware State University established a new General Education Program, a Distance Education Strategic Plan, and a Middle States Monitoring Report Plan. Also under his leadership, the university successfully completed searches that led to the hiring of a new dean of the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, a director of distance learning, a director of the honors program, and an associate vice president for sponsored programs.

Prior to his arrival at DSU, Dr. Williams served the University of North Carolina General Administration as interim associate vice president for academic affairs beginning in September 2007. In March 2008, he became interim senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs, which allowed him to focus on access and outreach for the 17 campuses of the UNC system. In that role, he oversaw the university’s efforts to address the strategic priority to increase access to higher education for all North Carolina students. He also served as the chief student affairs officer and oversaw policy issues for student affairs, athletics, student health services, disability services, and the UNC in Washington internship program.

Dr. Williams also served as a member of UNC General Administration’s Enrollment Management Council, State Residence Committee, Diversity Planning Committee, Campus Safety Task Force, the Crossnore School Board of Trustees, the Appalachian Regional Health System Board of Trustees, the Boone Rotary Club, the Wachovia Bank Board of Directors (for the Boone area), and as chair of the North Carolina Citizens Business and Industry Young Executives.

Before his time at UNC, Dr. Williams worked as associate director and associate vice chancellor in the areas of academic affairs, enrollment, and diversity at Appalachian State University. He also served as interim director of admissions for North Carolina AT&T University. Dr. Williams was also a national marketing and recruitment senior associate consultant with Noel-Levitz, the top national consultation firm for enrollment and management solutions in the country, from 2002 until 2008. In that capacity, he provided consultation expertise to 14 different institutions of higher education and wrote annual marketing and recruitment plans for Delaware State University, Southern University at Baton Rouge, and Southern University at Shreveport.

A native of Greenville, N.C., Dr. Williams attended Appalachian State University, where earned a Bachelor of Science in communication broadcasting and a Master of Arts in educational media. He also earned an Education Specialist degree from ASU before coming to East Tennessee State University, where he earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Williams has also been inducted into the ETSU College of Education’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Dr. Williams is married to Dr. Robin S. Williams. The couple has two children: Austin, age 14, and Gavin, age 9.