Becker Hires New VP of Development & Alumni Affairs
Published on: May 8, 2019
Becker College announced today that Lorita B. Williams has been named Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs, effective July 29. Williams joins the College from Roxbury Community College, where she was most recently the Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lorita, who will serve as the College’s chief development officer and focus on building strong and strategic partnerships with our internal community, alumni, and external partners,” said Becker College President Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D. “Her solid record of increasing philanthropic support, relationship-building acumen, and proven leadership as an effective development officer will serve to enrich, expand, and strengthen the College’s reputation and outreach.”
Williams, who was selected after a national search, comes to Becker with more than 25 years of senior management and leadership experience in higher education, nonprofit, and business organizations. She will lead the newly renamed Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.
“I am so excited to be joining Becker College,” said Williams. “I am eager to engage with and inspire the College community, alumni, and partners for the purpose of building a culture of philanthropic support and working together to advance Becker’s future.”
A graduate of Northeastern University, Williams spent over 20 years at Digital Equipment Corporation and IBM, holding several senior management positions. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 2003 as the executive director of Camp Fire USA, Eastern Massachusetts Council, where she was responsible for managing the agency, implementing a brand awareness campaign, executing and implementing the board’s policies, strategic planning, marketing and communications, financial management, and revenue diversification. She was instrumental in developing a strategy that evolved the organization to focus on the current and changing needs of youth programming.
In 2005 she moved into higher education as the executive director of alumni relations at Simmons College, and then became assistant vice president of alumni relations and annual giving, leading and managing a team of professionals to achieve financial goals of $2.7M.
At Roxbury Community College, Williams had oversight of marketing and public relations, workforce development, all non-credit courses, institutional research, grants, development, the Media Arts Center, and the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
In addition to her corporate career, Williams is the founder and CEO of Accelerated College Experiences (ACE), which teaches research-based skills and educational strategies that lead students to social and academic success.
A member of the National Association of Professional Women and the Commonwealth Institute, Williams maintains affiliations with the Development Board for Boston’s Children’s Chorus, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Third Sector New England (TSNE). She also a trustee for Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.