Tiffany Nolan

New Vice President of Student Life appointed at William Woods University

Dr. Jeremy Moreland, President of William Woods University (WWU), today announced the appointment of Dr. Tiffany Nolan of Columbia as the University’s new Vice President of Student Life, effective May 31, 2022. Nolan will replace Carrie McCray, a member of the WWU faculty who had been filling the position on an interim basis.

Nolan joins the WWU administration with 20 years of experience working and leading a variety of student affairs and academic programs, serving at both mid-sized, public institutions and small, private liberal arts universities. In her new cabinet-level role at William Woods, she will have responsibility for student development and serve as a major contributing member of ongoing campus student retention efforts. She will provide leadership and management in the areas of responsibility that fall under Student Life, including Residential Life, Career Services and Student Transition, Student Involvement, Counseling and Health Services, University Chaplain, Center for Ethics and Global Studies, Office of Faith and Service, LEAD Program, Diversity and Inclusion, and Campus Safety.

Nolan comes to WWU from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where she currently serves as Director of Grants and Sponsored Research. Her extensive experience includes serving as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri; Vice-President for Student Success and Engagement at Quincy (Ill.) University from 2009-2016, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa from 2006-2009.

 “We are fortunate to have an accomplished student life professional of Dr. Nolan’s caliber joining our leadership team here at William Woods,” said President Moreland. “Her extensive knowledge and experience in student success and retention initiatives, high-impact student life practices, student engagement and leadership development will be an asset in ensuring the best possible college experience for our William Woods students” he said.

“I also want to express my deep appreciation for Carrie McCray, whose service to William Woods as interim Vice President of Student Life during a particularly challenging time allowed the University to continue to move forward in the critical area of student experience,” said President Moreland.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Nolan received her Bachelor or Science (Education) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; her Master’s (Education) from Clemson University and her Ph.D. (Education, Adults and Higher Education) from the University of South Dakota. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree, in Public Affairs, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.