Cheryl Williams

Associate University Dean oF Special Programs

Cheryl N. Williams serves as the Associate Dean of Special Programs at the City University of New York and as such she oversees the Percy E. Sutton SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and CD (College Discovery) programs, federal TRiO programs, and CUNY Single Stop offices.

In her role as Associate Dean, she has focused on establishing standard policies and procedures across SEEK and CD programs, emphasizing evidence-based practices using outcomes assessments, fostering collaboration among student support programs, and increasing intercampus opportunities for students.

As a systems administrator, Ms. Williams has spearheaded initiatives that provide support to low income, first generation CUNY students. She oversaw the Dominican Scholarship for low income Dominican honors students, and she established the annual Student Leadership Academy (SLA) which provides leadership and soft skills training to students in SEEK/CD Programs. An outgrowth of the SLA is the United Leaders of CUNY (ULC), an inter-campus SEEK/CD student organization whose mission is to increase Program students’ career and personal development. 

Williams began her career in higher education at Medgar Evers College where she worked for over twenty years. During her tenure there, Williams held a number of faculty and administrative positions, including Executive Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs, Grants Officer, and  ESL Coordinator which took her to Japan where she taught as a founding faculty member of CUNY Hiroshima. 

Williams has served on several University Committees that recommended policy on ESL and developmental education. She has presented at numerous national conferences and is presently the principle investigator on a Challenge Access Grant. The project, titled College Discovery Scholars, is designed to enhance the academic outcomes of Program students. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs.

Ms. Williams holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.S. in Education and Reading from Hunter College.