May 18, 2021 – “The people who power Hazelden Betty Ford are mission-driven, compassionate and empathetic, and are primed to make the organization more equitable and accessible,” said Mark Mishek, president and CEO at Hazelden Betty Ford, the nation’s largest nonprofit system of addiction treatment, co-occurring mental health care, recovery resources and related prevention and education services.

“Andrew’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has deep roots, and I am humbled that he is bringing his experience, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness to help us to reach more people affected by addiction, and to do so with cultural humility.”

In this new role, Williams will drive cultural and behavior change across the organization to increase diversity, advance equity and foster inclusion. Serving as a strategic partner with others throughout Hazelden Betty Ford, he will champion DEI awareness, understanding, allyship and advocacy as well as the advancement of underrepresented groups. He aims to inspire others through example, challenge colleagues to live up to institutional values and legal obligations, and engage in creative and meaningful intercultural experiences.

“We are committed to lifting up more voices, reaching new communities,

providing more opportunities, and making long-term investments in our journey toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Hazelden Betty Ford CEO Designate Joseph Lee, MD, who on June 28 will succeed the retiring Mishek as president and CEO. “Andrew’s leadership is key to our future, and helping us reach our goals. I am excited to work with him.”

Williams’ experience includes more than 20 years in higher education diversity and multicultural leadership, including posts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in Minneapolis; and Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He also is an educator and fundraiser, and is active in his local community.



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