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Ridley Williams
Ridley Williams



Executive Assistant to the Dean

  • M.S. Candidate (2019) in Educational Leadership & Policy, Portland State University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Portland State University
PSU History

Ridley started at PSU as a student.  In 2013, he was hired as a temporary Registration and Records Coordinator for the School of Social Work before moving into a full-time position on the Academic Scheduling team.  In October 2015, he returned to the School of Social Work in the role of Office Manager.  He now serves as the Executive Assistant to Dean Nissen.

Professional Focus

Ridley has found his niche in higher education administration, and his bachelor's was focused on Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  These two passions led Ridley to his current pursuit of an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policay in PSU's PACE Program with a specialization in higher ed. administration and organizational change.  He is grateful to spend his professional life with the fantastic group of faculty, staff, and students in the School of Social Work.

Personal Interests

When not tending to his professional and educational lives, Ridley likes to spend time with his dogs Nashville & Libby, and explore nature.  Spare moments are also filled with writing, reading, and playing board games (Scrabble is life!).  Road trips and being around/in natural bodies of water are his favorite ways to recharge.