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Will Sampson



My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI; describes himself as “a kid from the Motor City who never wanted to work at the plant.”
Says he was a bright student, but feared being made fun of for being the “smart kid,” so he tried to camouflage his intelligence in order to blend in.
Got involved in a program in high school that enabled him to take accelerated classes and secured him a scholarship to attend a private college, where he graduated with a degree in communications.
Says school was his “sanctuary”—credits his interest in learning to his desire to get out of his neighborhood and away from gang violence.
Ended up working in sales right out of college—he was good at his job, but after getting married and starting a family, he didn’t want to rely on a commission-based salary.
Got a job answering phones at Wayne County Community College District—the chancellor of the college was so impressed by his dedication that he provided him opportunities to advance.
Has worked for Wayne County Community College District for over a decade doing everything from recruiting to student services; he now serves as the associate vice chancellor of student services.
He’s currently pursuing a doctorate with the goal of one day becoming the president of a community college so that he can be accessible to all students.
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Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services

I am the chief enrollment and outreach officer that assists students in their transition to college.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I spend a lot of time working hands-on with other students. I am a true advocate for students so I love assisting in any way that would support their endeavors.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to have strong critical thinking skills to solve issues that students face.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I would advise students to take every experience as a learning opportunity. Everyone from the janitor to the head administrator has something to offer.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Don't be the "smart kid", you won't be popular."

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

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