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Kevin WilliamsThe University of the Virgin Islands is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin L. Williams as its new Vice Provost for Access and Enrollment Services.  Dr. Williams comes to UVI having served in leadership roles in enrollment management, admissions, retention and diversity – most recently at Talladega College in Alabama, but also at Mississippi Valley State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Ross University and others. 

I was a finalist for this position three years ago,” said Dr. Williams, who has been following UVI closely through the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to which he has devoted his career.  “So when it came up again I was excited, and very happy now that it all came together.  I’m feeling great about the team, the support I’ve received since I got here, and making the adjustment to island life.  It’s wonderful to wake up every morning feeling enthusiastic about what the day will bring.”

Dr. Williams’ primary focus will be on expanding the population of territory, stateside and international students enrolling at UVI through marketing, branding, outreach, and staff development.  In an effort to expand awareness and interest of students attending the University, Williams plans to concentrate on recruitment as well as working to Update UVI’s marketing materials – and not just the print editions.   

“In order to tell the UVI story to students who are not already familiar with the University, you need to be very social media savvy,” said Williams.  “You need to engage in creative outreach campaigns, attend HBCU and other college fairs, school visits, and utilize current UVI students themselves to talk about what they’re doing and share their successes.”

Williams acknowledged that UVI presents several unique marketing challenges.  Not only is competition for college-ready applicants fierce these days because students have so many choices, but most students from the U.S. mainland don’t know that the University of the Virgin Islands exists. Nevertheless, he relishes the opportunity to raise awareness about the country’s youngest HBCU by taking the UVI story on both physical and virtual roads. 

In addition to graduating from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Dr. Williams holds a Master’s in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.  Through his previous work, Dr. Williams had oversight of undergraduate and graduate admissions, where he implemented various innovative strategies leading to enrollment increases.

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Cohort 9 Graduate to Accompany MDA to Canada

September 15th, 2016 by webmaster


Dr. DeJonnette King will accompany Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to participate in a multi-sector business development trade mission to Canada September 21-28, 2016. The trip will include stops to Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba for Mississippi companies to launch or increase export business in the Canadian market. The mission will offer opportunities to generate growth, gain market information, make business and government contacts, solidify business strategies and gain a better understanding of business opportunities in these two Canadian markets. Each stop will include one-on-one business meetings and appointments with qualified buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners. The delegation includes Mississippi firms, representing a cross-section of U.S. industries with growth potential in the Canadian market.

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Alcorn State University has chosen the person they believe will enhance online education for students.

Jackson, Mississippi native, Dr. Tamia Herndon, is the newest director of Online Education. She has over 16 years of experience in higher education. She started her career at Tougaloo College where she served as a fundraiser, senior admissions counselor, head recruiter and director of Alumni Affairs in the school’s Office of Institutional Advancement. She was also the major gifts manager at Jackson State University. She went on to become a full-time faculty before becoming a campus dean at Strayer University.

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