WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College alumna Amber Grady is returning to her alma mater, where she will serve as dean of students. She will assume the job in August.
“As a student, Williams was always very special to me and truly became my extended family. So, after almost a decade away this chance to return as dean of students sparks a reaction of sincere humility. I feel grateful to have such an opportunity and look forward to serving the students and reconnecting with the WBC faculty and staff,” Grady said.
Grady, a native of Newport, graduated from Williams in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she also holds a master’s in college student personnel services from Arkansas State University (ASU).
She worked for three years in the WBC Office of Admissions, where she served as assistant director. She has also worked in student services at ASU in Jonesboro and ASU in Newport. She comes to Williams from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she is currently associate director for college readiness.
“Amber Grady is an ideal fit to be dean of students at Williams. Ms. Grady's graduate work and broad experience in higher education will allow her to make a significant impact through our student services by bridging the significant heritage of WBC with cutting edge student affairs philosophy and programming,” said Jeremy Dutschke, vice president for enrollment management and student services at Williams.
As dean of students, Grady will oversee a range of student services at Williams, including housing, dining services, student activities, discipline and security.
“There are many components of this position that excite me, but the one that resonates most is connecting with and serving students. This position provides a platform for my professional passion, which is helping students discover who they are and can be, and my personal mission to spiritually impact the lives of others,” Grady said.
She will replace Susan Watson, who retired this spring after more than two decades at Williams, including 14 years as dean of students.
“I was very fortunate as a WBC student to have quality and personable relationships across campus, and I can only hope to provide the same,” Grady said. “Susan Watson supported and encouraged my decision-making and has remained a source of influence through the years. That’s the impact I wish to deliver to current students.”