LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Lock Haven University President Keith T. Miller has announced that Dr. Teresa Williams, Ph.D. will assume the position of Dean of the Clearfield Branch Campus on June 1, 2009.
LHU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Roger Johnson said, “Dr. Williams brings exactly the right qualifications, interests and experiences to the position of Dean of Lock Haven University/Clearfield. I am particularly impressed with her commitment to students’ success, curricular development, collaboration, and experiential learning. Under the able leadership of Ms. Valerie Dixon, who served this year as interim director, LHU/Clearfield has reached a new level of excellence. Dr. Teresa Williams is prepared to continue and accelerate that achievement.”
As associate dean in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Dr. Williams oversees and coordinates a number of vital functions within the school, with an emphasis on community and student affairs.
She first came to the Jepson School in 2001 and took a brief hiatus in 2004 and returned as special assistant to the dean in 2005. She developed an assessment plan for the School and undertook a thorough study of Jepson's experiential education program, which includes its internship and service learning programs. Later in 2005, she resumed duties as an associate dean.
Dr. Williams' responsibilities include assessment, advising of student government and co-curricular programs and administration of the School’s experiential education programs. Her service to the university includes appointment to the President's committee on community relations and service on the Common Ground Commission, an initiative of the Office of the Provost.
Her interests are in the pedagogy of experiential education, African American studies and university and community relationships.
Williams' community service in Virginia and in previous residences in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Texas includes work with the Girl Scouts of America, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Outreach of America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Her professional affiliations include the American College Personnel Association, the American Association of University Women, and a role as a reviewer for the Journal of Thought.
Speaking on behalf of the faculty and staff at Clearfield, Valerie Dixon said, “Our Clearfield Campus community is pleased to welcome Dr. Williams to Clearfield and to the Lock Haven University family.” She added, “I believe Dr. Williams will bring a wide knowledge base and fresh enthusiasm to our campus as she assumes her position as dean. We are confident that she will guide the Clearfield Campus on a path to a bright and successful future.”
Upon her appointment as the Dean of the Clearfield Branch Campus, Dr. Williams said, “I am honored and thrilled to have been selected at the next dean of the Clearfield campus. Clearfield has a niche in healthcare education that is much needed in this time of economic instability. I look forward to being part of an ambitious future of quality and distinctiveness that will further advance the mission and goals of Lock Haven University.”
Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1999 after having completed her master's and bachelor's degrees at Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis. She is single with no children.