Disability Support Services executive director retires after 30 years at GW

Christy Willis. Photo courtesy of GW Media Relations.
Christy Willis. Photo courtesy of GW Today.

The head of GW’s office for Disability Support Services will retire this year, the University announced Wednesday.

Christy Willis, the executive director of DSS, will leave after 30 years at GW.

Willis, who began serving as director in 1990, led an office that works with professors to extend test-taking time, administrators to make housing accommodations and other staff to provide equipment to students. Over 900 students registered with the office last academic year.

“The legacy Christy leaves is one of service, passion, compassion and excellence, not only at GW but for disability support services in higher education nationally,” Terri Harris Reed, vice provost for diversity and inclusion, said in a release.

With 40 years of experience in disability support, Willis has led presentations at GW and off campus about mental health and also organized a symposium called “Composing Disability” with the English department. She previously worked as a teacher for the deaf and an interpreter.

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