TALLADEGA -- Dr. Kevin L. Williams is Talladega College's first-ever vice president for enrollment management, college representatives announced.

Williams’ responsibilities include providing strategic leadership for enrollment initiatives from student recruitment and matriculation to graduation, said vice president of institutional advancement Tysus Jackson.

Previously serving as dean of enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University, Williams will serve over the offices of the registrar, admissions and a newly created office for retention.

“Since my tenure, Talladega College has dramatically increased enrollment three-fold,” Talladega College president Billy C. Hawkins said. “Dr. Williams and his team will be tasked in continuing to increase enrollment, and bring a centralized effort to the retention and satisfaction of our students. The new division for enrollment management will provide a well-coordinated approach to our efforts. Dr. Williams brings a combination of experience that will be beneficial to the college. We are happy to have him join the college community.”

Williams earned his bachelor's degree at Morehouse College, his master’s degree in business administration at American Intercontinental University, and his doctorate at Jackson State University, where his authored his dissertation, “The Effectiveness of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Predictors of Academic Success for First-Year Students.”

Williams boasts a wealth of experience in higher education, working in senior positions for enrollment and admissions as dean of admissions and recruitment at Morehouse College; director of recruitment and enrollment at National-Louis University; and director of admissions at Clark Atlanta University.

While Williams worked at his alma mater, Morehouse College, he increased student applications by 20 percent and new freshmen by 15 percent.

He officially assumes his role with Talladega College in August.

“I am pleased to join the Talladega College,” Williams said. “I look forward to partnering within the Talladega and surrounding communities to create pathways to college for local students.”

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