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December 1, 2023

Williamson named assistant vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

Submitted by Rana Johnson

Corey Williamson

Following a national search, Corey Williamson has been named Kansas State University's assistant vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. His appointment will be effective Jan. 8, 2024.

Serving as a change agent and strategic growth leader, Williamson will collaborate with internal and external constituents to assess, design, and implement programs and services created to leverage best practices and resources at all K-State campuses to support the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan.

"I look forward to working with Mr. Williamson. His background, experience, leadership and institutional knowledge is paramount in promoting a culture of inclusive excellence where all individuals can thrive," said Rana Johnson, vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. "He brings a wealth of ideas and approaches that will enrich the collaborative partnerships we seek to develop. Having served in a variety of roles at the University of Akron, University of Nevada, and Iowa State University, the transferable skill sets Mr. Williamson acquired thoroughly prepared him to be an essential member of our team."

Williamson currently serves as the executive director of the K-State Student Union, overseeing a $4 million annual budget and managing a staff of 125. Additionally, Williamson serves as chair of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center in partnership with AAC&U and leads systemwide efforts to infuse truth, racial healing and transformation across the K-State campus. Williamson works with the Union Corporation Board and Union Governing Board consulting on all aspects of the K-State Student Union to promote community building, networking and deployment of effective programs that support equity, inclusion and belonging efforts to enhance the campus climate.

"I am thrilled and humbled to have an opportunity to serve our university in this new capacity," said Williamson. "I am excited to partner with our learners, faculty, staff and the broader community to advance the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan that prioritizes building a culture that fosters belonging and well-being on all of our campuses and the communities we serve."

Williamson earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a Master of Science in counseling and student development, both from Kansas State University. He is currently completing coursework in the leadership communication doctoral program at K-State.