UNT Dallas Vice President for University Advancement, Dr. Monica G. Williams has more than 20 years administrative experience in non-profit and educational leadership. She also serves as President & CEO of the UNT Dallas Foundation. Dr. Williams is responsible for leading the university's efforts in fundraising, alumni affairs, external relations, marketing/communications and sponsored research. An accomplished fundraiser and passionate advocate for the underrepresented, Dr. Williams has devoted the majority of her career to social services and the advancement of underserved communities by raising money to support an array of worthy causes.
Before joining UNT Dallas, Dr. Williams was Founding Managing Director of Community Partnerships for the United States Fund for UNICEF where she led the organization's efforts to create awareness around the plight of children living in impoverished nations. It was at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF that she worked to build organizational capacity and develop strategies for significant partnerships with diaspora groups in the United States. Her fundraising efforts have generated more than $125 million in support for multiple institutions of higher education and other well-respected not-for-profit organizations. She began her professional career as a high school English teacher and later held leadership positions at Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., the Brown Schools, Neighborhood Centers Inc., Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University and HoustonWorks USA.
A native Houstonian who was born in Dallas, Dr. Williams holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Communications from Texas Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A & M University. She is married to Eric D. Davis and is a proud mother and grandmother.