David Williams III

Partnership Manager, AdviseMI

As partnership manager for AdviseMI, David focuses on the development and supervision of college advisers, as well as managing relationships with partner schools across the state.

Prior to joining MCAN, David served as director of college and postsecondary success for a charter management organization in Detroit, where he supervised the postsecondary counseling teams at each of the organization’s high schools. He also led the development and implementation of a ninth to 12th grade plan for postsecondary counseling programs across the schools. David has experience working in higher education, having served as assistant director of Student-Athlete Support Services at Michigan State University. In this role, he served as an academic coordinator for over 150 student athletes and developed and managed programs that addressed the needs of incoming students. David played an integral role in Student-Athlete Support Services’ annual parent orientation program, as well as the university’s academic orientation program.

David completed his Associate in Business at Henry Ford College in Dearborn. He subsequently earned both his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education from Bowling Green State University. David pursued a doctorate degree while working at Michigan State University, earning his Doctor of Education from MSU in 2015.

David did not pursue a traditional pathway to postsecondary education. He dropped out of high school in 10th grade, but the birth of his first child inspired him to return to school. David passed the general educational development test and enrolled at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. His time at the university was short-lived, as he lacked the discipline necessary to succeed. David returned home to Detroit and enrolled at Henry Ford College, which opened the door to Bowling Green State University. It was there he discovered a passion for education. Inspired by his own early educational failures, David became interested in educational equity and dedicated his professional career to college access and support.

David is the proud father of six children and one grandchild. Outside of work, he loves to read, travel, and spend time with his family.

Henry Ford College Associate in Business
Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Science in Education
Bowling Green State University Master of Education
Michigan State University Doctor of Education