Amber Williams

Vice Provost for Student Success

University of Tennessee

Dr. Amber Williams is a highly accomplished higher education professional and Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Tennessee. In this capacity, she oversees multiple departments that focus on supporting students in achieving their academic goals and realizing their individual success stories. Williams has played a pivotal role in launching several initiatives at UT that foster a strengths-based approach to student success, while also prioritizing students' well-being and equipping graduates with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in a rapidly evolving global workforce. Prior to assuming her current role at UT in 2020, Williams served as assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management at the University of Nebraska. During her tenure there, she was responsible for creating the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, a highly innovative program that prepares first-generation and low-income students for academic and personal success. Williams is a distinguished scholar, holding a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in leadership education, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is a highly sought-after national speaker on topics such as organizational leadership and development, diversity and inclusion, student success, women in business, and enrollment management.