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Arlanda Williams is the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Dillard University Honors Convocation

Tuesday, March 20

10:30 a.m.

Lawless Memorial Chapel

Free and Open to the Public


Arlanda Williams

Known as a dynamic and provocative orator, Arlanda Williams of Houma, La., is vice chancellor for workforce development and institutional advancement at Delgado Community College.


In her post, Williams is the chief administrator for Workforce Development, which provides job training services and continuing education. Additionally, she manages Institutional Advancement, which includes college-wide public relations, marketing, development, alumni affairs and support services for the Delgado Foundation. Also under her leadership are the Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Facility, the Workforce Center of Excellence, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and several major federal grants. There are about 40 full-time employees in the division.


Williams is currently serving her third term on the Terrebonne Parish Council representing District 2. She holds the distinction of being the first woman elected to serve as chair of the Terrebonne Parish Council and has served in this role three times.


She is immediate past president of the National Association of Democratic Officials, and is in her third term on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee as the 2nd vice president. She is also an executive member of the Democratic National Committee and served as a super delegate for the 2016 Presidential election.


Williams was appointed to represent local government officials on the FEMA Mitigation Leadership Group and served on Governor John Bel Edwards’ transition team for the Department of Economic Development. She serves as parliamentarian for Junior Auxiliary of Houma; president of the South Central Planning and Regional Development Commission; immediate past president of the Terrebonne General Foundation Board; treasurer of the National Organization of Black County Officials; and is an executive board member of the Louisiana Police Jury Association.


Williams recently received one of the National Association of University Women’s Phenomenal Women Awards.


She was named one of the 2011 MacDonnell Children Services Volunteer Activist Award recipients, and was the recipient of the 2008 Athena Award by the Houma Women’s Business Alliance.


Williams is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans, having earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science and a master’s degree in criminal justice. She is also a 2014 graduate of Southern University at Baton Rouge with an executive master’s of public administration degree. She is a graduate of Leadership Terrebonne 2007.












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