It’s hard to say goodbye to a gracious, innovative and well-liked leader like Marie Williams. For almost five years, she has been the associate vice chancellor for human resources at NC State. In late April, she announced she had accepted a similar position at Brown University, an Ivy League institution in Rhode Island. For those of us who have worked with Williams, that’s still a difficult fact to accept. We feel like we’re losing her way too soon.
Williams is the visionary behind the transformation HR has undergone these past few years. The success of that endeavor has paid off not only for HR but for this entire university, which is one of the reasons NC State ranks among the top 10 places to work in North Carolina, according to a survey Forbes released in 2020. Williams deserves our admiration for that and so much more. Some of her colleagues explain why in these farewell notes to her:
You have always treated our team with respect, led us with inspired vision and been there to support us when needed. There have been highs and lows, but you have brought us through them all with grace and strength. I am happy about your new opportunity, but HR will be losing a great leader. Good luck.
Executive Assistant, University Human Resources
Your warmth, dedication and spirit are inspirational. Your influence at NC State will be long-lasting. You will be missed. All the best in your new role and discovering Rhode Island.
Lee Ann DeRita
Assistant Dean for Finance and Business Management, College of Sciences
You have been an inspirational leader and a great mentor. I have learned so much from your leadership over the past two years. Your HR leadership at NC State has been transformational and a model for all of us. I wish you all the best and much success at Brown University.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for HR Operations, University Human Resources
It is with very mixed emotions that I write this farewell message to you, Marie. You have undoubtedly changed the face of human resources at NC State, and for that, you will be fondly remembered. Your unwavering commitment, drive and passion for this work are inspiring. And you have made innumerable contributions to the Wolfpack community in ways that many people may never truly know. As you journey to your next great adventure, I wish you all the best. I know you will make Brown a better place just by having you there. Thank you so much for sharing part of your journey with us. Good luck, and stay agile!
Assistant Vice Chancellor for HR Strategy, University Human Resources
Wishing you the very best of transitions. Your leadership and contribution to NC State have been meaningful in so many ways. Thank you for all you have done. You will be missed. Oh, and make sure you buy snow boots and a really warm coat!
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
It has been a pleasure working under your positive energy and guidance during your time at NC State. I think UHR and campus have benefited from your leadership. Thank you especially for your support and encouragement with the seed teams. Wishing you all the best in your new endeavors and that we cross paths again.
Onboarding Specialist, Onboarding Center
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your team. I also appreciate all of your efforts to help me get acquainted with NC State when I arrived two years ago. Most importantly, you have been a terrific colleague and friend. NC State will miss you and your vision and enthusiasm for our work. I wish you the best in your new endeavor.
Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Thank you for sharing your dedication, bubbly personality, endless energy and the ability to manifest a vision with us. We will miss you. May your days be bright. Stay in touch.
Human Resources Specialist, University Human Resources
It has truly been an honor to work with someone who is so full of character, integrity, strength, wisdom and humor. Thank you for your commitment to enhancing a culture that drives success. Congratulations on a well-deserved new adventure.
Business Officer, Institute for Emerging Issues
Thank you for the courage that you demonstrated during your time here at NC State. You really made some very significant improvements to the HR processes here as well as building an effective space for collaboration. Thank you for all you have done. Best wishes in your new position. Godspeed.
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration