Damien M. Williams
Damien M. Williams has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Fayetteville State University. Williams has more than thirteen years of experience in resource development for higher education, working with teams from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, University of California Davis Health System and most recently Regis University.
Williams has spent several years working with executive university leadership, served as a college instructor for biology and chemistry, and as a field publisher and sales representative for the McGraw-Hill Companies.
“I am pleased to have someone of Damien Williams’ caliber and expertise as a member of my administrative team and as a part of FSU family,” Chancellor James A. Anderson said. “He brings a wealth of experience in all facets of Advancement operations to include development, public relations, alumni relations, marketing, and other areas. “Most impressive are his credentials as a fundraiser. He has had success at all levels, and he is the ideal candidate to assist FSU with closing out its capital campaign and with implementing future fundraising projects.”
Williams, who is originally from Edmond, Okla., holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in college teaching and student support services from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education and organizational leadership at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
As vice chancellor, Williams will lead fundraising, alumni, and marketing and communication efforts. He will collaborate closely with members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the FSU Board of Trustees and the board of directors of the FSU Foundation.
“I am excited to join Fayetteville State University at a pivotal time in the University’s evolution – its 150th year anniversary (sesquicentennial),” Williams said. “Fayetteville State University sits at the precipice of increasing its influences in shaping the future of the region, state and beyond.”
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
E.K. (Eun) Park
NCCU Names Associate Provost and
Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs
North Carolina Central University has appointed E.K. (Eun) Park as associate provost and dean of Research and Sponsored Programs where he will help advance the university by providing strategic leadership for all research initiatives and activities on campus. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having recently served as special assistant to the vice president for Research and the Graduate College at Kennesaw State University, managing academic, student and research affairs. Previously, he oversaw the Research and Sponsored Programs Office and the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University from 2011 to 2015.
Park has extensive research and teaching experience, and has held leadership positions at a number of universities and federal agencies, including City University of New York-Staten Island, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the U.S. Naval Academy and others. As program director at the National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2009, he managed the Network Science and Engineering program and the Communication and Information Foundations program, among other initiatives. His research interests include big data and data analytics, bioinformatics, computational intelligence and web engineering.
Park holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University, as well as master and bachelor degrees in computer science from Western Illinois University. A native of Korea, Park began his educational career at Kon-Kuk University in Seoul.