Ayanna Boyd-Williams

A. Ayanna Boyd-Williams currently serves as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate College at North Carolina A&T State University and has over twenty-eight years experience in graduate education. Prior to coming to NC A&T, she was Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Minority Programs at Duke University, Director of Minority Affairs and Special Projects and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. She also served as the Director of Educational Opportunity Program at Ithaca College.

Boyd-Williams has been an active leader in the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented minorities and women; the development and assessment of co-curricular activities related to professional development core competencies; and preparing future faculty. She serves on the Board of the National Consortium For Graduate Degrees For Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) as a university representative.

Boyd-Williams received her BS degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and MS Degree in Educational Administration from Cornell University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. degree in leadership studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Her research interests include multi-criteria decision making, intellectual sustainability in higher education, corporate social responsibility and ethics, and East Asian higher education systems. She has presented numerous workshops on issues related to minority affairs, graduate admissions and funding opportunities, intellectual capital management and investment, core professional development competencies, and graduate research and teaching assistant training and assessment.