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Dr. Melva K. Williams Appointed Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO

Dr. Melva K. Williams will become Huston-Tillotson University’s (HT) seventh president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 15. She will be HT’s second female president.Dr. Melva WilliamsDr. Melva Williams

In the past, Williams has held multiple roles in the Southern University System in Louisiana including, executive associate to the chancellor, assistant vice chancellor. She has also served as vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at SU-Shreveport, vice chancellor at SU-New Orleans, and system chief of staff. 

“Dr. Williams’ reputation as a visionary leader, utilizing creative approaches to advancing higher education through layers of innovative improvements will position Huston-Tillotson University for the economic and technological advances shaping the Central Texas market,” said Dr. Carol McDonald, HT Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Williams is a national spokesperson for emotional intelligence development and was recently senior director of programming for the Clinton Presidential Center.

She is also co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and founding board member and board president for Magnolia School of Excellence.

Williams holds a doctorate in higher education from Jackson State University and a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Grambling State University.


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