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Dr. Amber Williams


UT community,

I am so pleased to write to you as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s inaugural vice provost for Student Success. Being a part of UT’s legacy overwhelms me with pride, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with you to provide our scholars with the educational experience they deserve.

UT scholars are here to achieve their dreams, and our job is to help them become their very best on their unique path to success. Our role in Student Success is to help each scholar answer the important big questions in their lives. Who am I? Who do I want to be? How will I get there? Essentially as vice provost, I commit to:

  • Putting students first
  • Passionately advocating for and eliminating barriers that impede student achievement
  • Helping every UT scholar identify their unique strengths and stretch them

To this end, the following offices have reorganized under the Vice Provost for Student Success umbrella: Academic Inclusive Initiatives, Academic Success Center, Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, First-Year Programs, Honors & Scholars Programs, National Scholarships & Fellowships, New Student Orientation, Student Support Services, Undergraduate Research, Veterans Resource Center, and the campus-wide academic advising initiatives.

Enhancing each scholar’s UT experience is the responsibility of every faculty and staff on this campus. As such, I am eager to work with each of you to ensure we maximize the potential of every UT scholar. Thank you for all that you do every day in small and big ways to make UT an outstanding institution.  If you see me on campus, please say hello.

Go Vols!
Amber Williams
Vice Provost for Student Success

P.S. I refer to students as scholars. Reframing their roles as scholars sets clear expectations of the academic curiosity we hope they will achieve.

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