November 3, 2023
CHALLENGE COIN SPONSOR
Van P. Williams
Honorary Veterans Build Guest Speaker
Mr. Van P. Williams is the Provost and Dean of Student Services for Palm Beach State Boca Raton Campus (9,000 students) the third largest of five campuses serving Palm Beach County and is the former Director of the Federal TRIO Programs (5) and Outreach at Palm Beach State College since April 4, 2009.
Mr. Williams also serves as an adjunct faculty member and taught at least one section of Introduction to The College Experience each semester. Prior to joining Palm Beach State College, Van was the lead and managing investigator for the Florida Commission on Human Relations Employment Discrimination Division. During Van’s five-year tenure at the FCHR, he also served as the community relations manager and worked to promote tolerance and respect for diversity through character building and diversity workshops.
Van is an honorably discharged noncommissioned officer with accommodations from the United States Army wartime service and served on contiguous U. S. bases and abroad. A few of the roles Mr. Williams has served as a military police officer/investigation which is the uniformed law enforcement branch of the United States Army. Investigations are conducted by Military Police Investigators or the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, both of which report to the Provost Marshal General. Also, Van was selected to participate in the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) which is a United States Department of Defense security, medical and psychological evaluation program, designed to permit only the most trustworthy individuals to have access to nuclear weapons (NPRP), chemical weapons (CPRP), and biological weapons (BPRP). Mr. Williams received an Army Achievement Medal for his role in the U. S. Department of defense nuclear retrograde mission at then the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, California. Finally, Mr. Williams also served as a unit training Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) for the 218th Military Police Company and the later as the company’s armor and custodian of $20 million in weapon systems and ammunition.
Van is married to the lovely Dr. Michelle C. Williams and has five adult children who are all college graduates.