Acting Vice Provost Beth A. Winkelstein and Acting Vice Provost for University Life Tamara Greenfield King announce appointment of William Atkins as Associate Vice Provost for University Life (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) , starting July 25.
“This redefined leadership position,” Acting Provost Winkelstein said, “will be a critical step in advancing our most important priorities for student life at Penn, especially working closely with our outstanding cultural centers and other key student organizations. Will Atkins is a highly experienced and highly respected student affairs professional whose experience in creating positive and inclusive campus environments spans several areas of student life at major universities.
Dr. Atkins comes to Penn from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he is currently assistant vice president for student life and previously served as associate dean of students and senior director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity. Prior to joining the University of Florida in 2014, he held leadership positions at the University of Miami in Ohio and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, among others.
He is an active and collaborative leader in national organizations, campus life, and student counseling who has presented at dozens of national conferences. He recently received the UF-Gainesville Black Student Union Counselor of the Year Award. Most recently, at UF-Gainesville, he was instrumental in expanding the Institute of Black Culture and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and in creating an implicit bias training program. . He earned a Ph.D. from UF-Gainesville, with a thesis on Oral Histories of Black Female Students at the University of Florida, in addition to a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and from a BS of UF-Gainesville.