Dr. Lee Burdette Williams

Executive Director, College Autism Network

Lee Burdette Williams has worked in higher education and student affairs for more than three decades and is now Executive Director of the College Autism Network, a nonprofit organization supporting the efforts of autistic college students and the institutions that serve them. She served previously as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut.

Lee’s professional interests include student mental health, academic partnerships, learning communities and student culture. A particular interest is in the experiences of autistic students in student conduct processes. She has written extensively on these and other topics and is a frequent speaker and presenter on contemporary issues in higher education.  Lee is the author of two books, Emerging Practices and Trends in Peer Education and Learning Communities in Student Affairs: Partnering for Powerful Learning. She is the director of the College Autism Summit, an annual conference that brings together professionals working to support college students with autism. Lee has taught in the student affairs graduate programs at the University of Vermont, the University of Connecticut, Appalachian State University, and the University of Maryland College Park. She received her Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland College Park, her M.Ed. in Counseling from Salem State University, and her B.A. from Gordon College.


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