Dr. Dean Williamson is assistant vice president for Institutional Research, Effectiveness, Analysis, & Accreditation at Prairie View A&M University. He oversees the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness and the Office of Assessment, Accreditation & Reporting in a range of external reporting activities related to the Texas A&M University System, Legislative Budget Board, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Department of Education, and Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition to external reporting, the offices work to provide data and information to PVAMU’s units, and they assist with activities including program reviews, individualized accreditations, and grant activities. Prior to his current role as assistant vice president, Williamson was director of PVAMU’s Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness from 2008 to 2015.
Williamson began his career in higher education in 1997 at Wayland Baptist University where he served as director of Public Relations. He held a similar position at Brewton-Parker College, where he was later promoted to executive director for Planning & Institutional Research and chairman of the Division of Business.
Over the years, Williamson has reviewed a number of textbooks and journals including Introduction to Business Course, Flat World Knowledge; Understanding Business (8th ed.); The Language of Business: Using Acronyms, Initialisms, and Alphabetisms to Focus on Purpose; Organizational Behavior (13th ed.); Business in Action (3rd ed.); Excellence in Business (3rd ed.); Management Decision; and Brewton-Parker College’s SURE program: A model for research integration in higher education at Georgia’s primarily undergraduate institutions. Williamson also received a fellowship with the National Center for Education Statistics Data Institute. In addition, he served three terms on the Texas Association of Institutional Research’s Data Advisory Committee and Capella University’s dissertation committee.
The U.S. Navy veteran earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sul Ross State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Regent University’s School of Leadership Studies.