Amber Williams, Ed.D.

Vice Provost for Student Success

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Dr. Amber Williams is a seasoned higher education administrator and visionary leader responsible for the University of Tennessee’s efforts to serve undergraduate scholars and their unique academic goals. She is a globally-recognized expert and highly sought-after keynote speaker for student success initiatives as well as organizational leadership and development, diversity and inclusion, and women in business. Described as a transformative leader, she looks beyond numbers to see scholars as individuals—creating programs and services that support their unique story, prepares them for graduation, and empowers every Volunteer to make a difference in the world.

Through her efforts leading the Division of Student Success, retention rates have jumped to a record-breaking 91%, well above the national average of 75%. In her four years on Rocky Top, she’s created and implemented numerous customized programs and data-driven initiatives designed to promote success throughout a scholar’s academic journey. Each program was carefully curated through a student success framework that encourages a strengths-based approach through confidence, high expectations, and individualized structures that ensure every student matters.

Dr. Williams came to UT in January 2020 from the University of Nebraska, where she served as their Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and had significant experiences influencing student success initiatives. She earned her bachelor’s in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a master’s in leadership education, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.