Dallas, Texas (November 17, 2017) – University of North Texas at Dallas Vice President for Advancement Dr. Monica Williams recently graduated from Leadership Texas, joining a long tradition of distinguished women who are leaders from a myriad of professional and personal backgrounds and who have been invited to participate in the influential yearly leadership program.

In addition to providing learning opportunities, Leadership Texas, through Leadership Women, presents an ideal environment for high potential women leaders to build relationships, share ideas and create support among their peers.

“I’m proud to have graduated from Leadership Texas and I will always appreciate this enlightening experience,” said Dr. Williams, who also serves as President of the UNT Dallas Foundation. “I made lasting friendships with the innovative, accomplished women who were in my graduating class. We will strive to make a similar impact in our communities and the world that the previous graduates of Leadership Texas already have.” 

Dr. Williams oversees fundraising, marketing and communications, external relations, sponsored research and special events at UNTD. In addition to her administrative duties, she works closely with UNT Dallas executive leadership to raise funds and secure federal grants.

She was nominated for inclusion with Leadership Texas by Tegwin Pulley, a Dallas native who retired from Texas Instruments and dedicates much of her efforts as the Texas Director of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). Each year since 1983, Leadership Texas selects 100 women, and they participate in presentations from national experts and visit business, education and cultural centers across the state. Founders of Leadership Women include the late Governor Ann Richards, attorney Sara Weddington, businesswoman Cathy Bonner, and philanthropist Ellen Temple.

“Dr. Williams brings top-level guidance and character to our university as a leader, and we celebrate her completing the year-long Leadership Texas program,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “She exemplifies the values of community commitment and new possibilities that the University of North Texas at Dallas stands for. She’s a tremendous representative for our institution across North Texas and our state.”

Dr. Williams joined UNT Dallas following a national search in 2016. She was Founding Managing Director of Community Partnerships for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and also had distinguished careers at Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M and Rice Universities. She began her career as a teacher in the Houston Independent School District. Dr. Williams received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M, an M.A. and B.A. from Texas Southern, and is a graduate of the American Association of State Colleges and the Universities (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative. In 2011, she was named among the Top 25 Women of Houston.

Leadership Texas is part of the Leadership Women social enterprise, the oldest women’s leadership development program in the United States. The annual curriculum includes over 80 contact hours, and creates continuing education experiences to strengthen women’s impact within and outside their organization’s environment.


The University of North Texas at Dallas is our city's emerging urban university. UNT Dallas empowers students, transforms lives and strengthens communities. Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the Downtown Dallas skyline, UNT Dallas is the only public, accredited 4-year university in the City of Dallas. UNT Dallas includes the UNT Dallas College of Law in Downtown Dallas and is part of the UNT System.