Gerri B. Williams, Ed.D., Strategic Search Partner
Gerri brings to Elinvar clients over seventeen years of educational leadership experience at the postsecondary and K-12 school levels. Within the institution of higher education, she has served in numerous leadership positions at public, private, 2-year, and 4-year colleges and universities. Her work in higher education has included leading and building collaborative partnerships throughout the Academy within Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs.
Gerri has a strong knowledge of higher education systems and a far-reaching range of educational networks and professional relationships. Also, Gerri brings to Elinvar many years of professional and consulting experiences, specifically related to recruiting, hiring, training, managing, and leading numerous full-time and part-time employees.
Gerri is the founder and owner of an education consulting firm which assists organizations, primarily education institutions and nonprofits, in program development and in securing federal, state, and corporate funding support. To date, Gerri has secured over $13,000,000 in grant funding for these organizations and has assisted them in developing innovative, research-based programming initiatives. Prior to starting GSS Williams Consulting LLC, Gerri served in several leadership positions at higher education institutions including, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Central Carolina Community College, North Carolina State University, Lamar University, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Gerri begin her college education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the end of her sophomore year at UNC, she married her husband, a UNC graduate, and moved to San Antonio, Texas. While in San Antonio, Gerri graduated with honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Higher Education. Gerri also completed her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Gerri lives in Durham, NC with Shawn, her husband of almost 20 years, and their daughter, Savannah. Shawn is a bank officer with Bank of America in the RTP area. Gerri is an active member of King’s Park International Church in Durham, where she serves in leadership with the Children’s Department, King’s Park Women’s Group, and their Ladies Leading Ladies Mentoring Group which works to pair female college students attending UNC Chapel Hill, NCCU, and Duke with Mentors from the Durham/Chapel Hill/Cary areas. Gerri also actively serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader in the Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines region.