Corey M. Williams has a deep understanding of student development and a profound passion for serving underrepresented minority students. He began his student-affairs career more than 17 years ago and has worked at both private and public institutions. Among the various areas under his purview are student life and intercultural student affairs, career services, community standards, health and student counseling, college pathways and TRiO programs. Williams works closely with colleagues across the university to develop collaborative initiatives that create a holistic academic experience for Governors State University students. He is in the process of completing his doctorate in educational leadership from DePaul University, where his research focuses on the relationship between cultural-based mentoring and academic persistence in African-American and male Latino community college students. Williams came to Governors State University in 2018 from Triton College, where he served as dean of students and as a Title IX coordinator. During his last year at Triton, he was awarded more than $1.5 million in federal and private grants to increase the completion rates of men of color at Triton and at partnering community colleges.