In August of 2018, Dr. Williams joined the office of Durham and Regional Affairs as Duke’s vice president for Durham Affairs. In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce education, student engagement, neighborhood relations and community health. She builds connections between Duke and Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina Central University. In addition, she will oversee the Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign.
Dr. Stelfanie Williams received her undergraduate degree in public policy and Spanish from Duke University, a master’s in project management from Western Carolina University and a doctorate in education from N.C. State. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, as both a faculty member and in such administrative capacities as director, dean and vice president. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Education. For the past six years, Dr. Williams has served as the president of Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC), a four-county college in North Carolina with campuses in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties.
Dr. Williams follows the late Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr., who retired after 10 years in the position.