Arkansas State University has named Lonnie Williams as its new vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement. He has served in the role in an interim capacity since June 2020.
Williams succeeded Maurice Gipson, who accepted a similar role at the University of Missouri.
“During his six months as our interim vice chancellor, Dr. Williams has served admirably and provided valuable leadership during a challenging fall semester,” A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “I discussed the permanent position with him in December, and I am pleased that he has agreed to accept the appointment. I am looking forward to his ongoing input and counsel as a member of our Chancellor’s Cabinet.”
Williams has served in multiple roles at Arkansas State University since joining the institution in 2003. He previously served as the associate vice chancellor for student affairs, and he joined the Chancellor’s Office in 2017, serving as the special assistant to the chancellor.
Before joining A-State, Williams served as an assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas from 1991 to 2003.
He holds four degrees from the University of Arkansas.