Dr. Harry L. Williams, the 10th president of Delaware State University, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Appalachian State University.
The award is given annually to an Appalachian graduate who has excelled in his or her career field and has demonstrated leadership in their community.
Williams earned his bachelor's, master's and educational specialist degrees from Appalachian. He has a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.
Williams has had a 23-year career in higher education, including appointments as vice chancellor for enrollment services at Appalachian, interim associate vice president for academic affairs, interim senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs with the UNC General Administration, and provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delaware State University before being named president in 2010.
Under his direction, DSU's national ranking rose from 17th to 13th in the 2013 Historically Black Colleges and Universities rankings by U.S. News and World Report.