Dean, Outreach & Engagement

I became the Dean for Outreach & Engagement at James Madison University in 2016. In this role, I oversee a broad and deep portfolio, including the Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree completion programs for adults, Off-campus and Online graduate degree and certificate programs, Non-credit professional development programming, Youth enrichment programs, Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Madison Center for Community Development. I serve as a champion for Community Engagement at JMU and am a “practitioner-scholar” who infuses an entrepreneurial spirit to her work in the academy.

Previously, I was at Virginia Tech, where I was the director of the university’s Commonwealth Campus Centers in Richmond, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, where I created, customized, and facilitated a series of human development programming for organizations in the private and public sector. I am a credentialed coach and currently serve as immediate past-president for the International Coach Federation, Virginia Chapter. Prior to Virginia Tech, I held leadership positions at the Institute for Professional Development, This End Up Furniture Company and Circuit City Stores, Inc. and was an instructor in the Marketing Department for Radford University.

I earned a Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech’s School of Human Development, a Master in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Armstrong State College. My research interests include andragogy, mentoring, and coaching. I am passionate about learning beyond the degree, empowering individuals to expand their own body of knowledge throughout adulthood to positively impact the well-being of our society. 

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