Monette Williams enrolled in the Doctor of Education
Program in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University
in 2006 after having worked more than 20 years in higher education. At the time, she was working as the Director of Student Services at a small rural community college in Virginia. As she was finishing her dissertation on "Factors that Contribute to the Career Ascendancy of African American Female Administrators” in 2008, she accepted a position as the director of retention at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, and within seven months she was promoted to Director of Enrollment Management with responsibility for undergraduate admissions, the office of the registrar, financial aid, and retention.
Dr. Williams has been particularly impressed by the degree to which the content of courses like the organization of higher education, student affairs leadership, and strategic planning applied to her new situation, and has been impressed with the respect that has come with the acquisition of the doctorate, a respect that brought home one of the findings of her dissertation—the fact that the terminal degree is critical to advancement in higher education administration.