Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Randolph Williams
Randolph “Randy” Williams Jr., Ph. D. has spent his entire professional career in education—three years on the K-12 level and fourteen years in higher education. With a B.S. degree in physics from Hampden-Sydney College, Randy taught physics and geometry in a high school and then discovered a greater passion for working with older students. This calling to higher education led to a M.S. in counseling from Longwood University while working as the Associate Dean of Students at Hampden-Sydney College. Randy obtained his doctoral degree in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership from The College of William & Mary where he served as the Assistant Dean of Students prior to arriving at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Throughout Randy’s career, he has been eager to assist all students in accomplishing their academic and personal goals. Additionally, he tends to gravitate to those students with high risk factors—first generation, low socio-economic background, transfer, adult learner—that affect their chances of being successful. This interest in students who persist in spite of adversity has led Randy to his research focus on the construct of resilience, particularly understanding processes that assist college students in flourishing.
Randy has the great fortune of being married to his high school sweetie, the former Chiquita Mangrum. They have two adorable daughters, Zanyah and Reagan, who bring constant joy to the household
Vice President of Student Affairs
Dean of Students