Mark Williams

Senior Program Specialist

Mark was raised in Southfield, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Hospitality Business.  After college, he worked as an accountant for a public accounting firm, insurance company, and an assistant controller for a university.  Over time, he realized that his purpose and passion was serving students and helping them transition from college into their careers.  He served as a Community Director at Michigan State University, an Academic Support Program Specialist at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, and a Career Advisor for the GIES College of Business.      

Prior job that shaped him: While working as an accountant for an insurance company, Mark sat at a computer all day and realized that this wasn’t his passion and helping people was his purpose.  It was at that moment that he took ownership of his career and became a Community Director that led him here to the University of Kentucky.

How he would describe himself: High energy, Motivator, constantly learning, a heart for people, and an advocate for positive change in others and the world.

What he enjoys doing outside of work: Bowling, taking naps, watching sports, exercising, find new places to eat, hanging out with friends

A goal in life:  To travel to Japan and Palo Alto, CA, and bowl a 300 in a bowling league

Fun Fact: He has a Connect 4 in his office and challenges students to play him.  Mark is currently undefeated and looking for new challenges.