University of Wisconsin’s Chief Diversity Officer Is Leaving Academia

DAW_HeadshotDamon A. Williams, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, announced that he is leaving the academic world to take an executive position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Williams will step down from his university post on August 2 and become senior vice president for programs, training, and youth development for the Atlanta-based organization.

Dr. Williams came to the University of Wisconsin in 2008. Previously, he was assistant vice provost for multicultural and international affairs at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami University of Ohio. He earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and management focus from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education  (Stylus Publishing, 2013).


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  1. Damon,
    Congratulations. Thank you for the many contributions to Higher Education.
    R. Navarro

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