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At Virginia Union University®, we are committed to elevating the student experience by pushing the boundaries of higher education. Our mission provides essential services that improve the student journey from pre-enrollment to graduation. We are committed to preparing our students to become global leaders.
Meet Dr. Allia L. Carter, Vice President
Allia L. Carter, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Studies at Bethune-Cookman University, has been named Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Virginia Union University® (VUU) effective October 2, 2017.
“As VUU’s new vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, Dr. Allia Carter brings varied experience in all aspects of higher education. She is an accomplished enrollment specialist, experienced at programming and supporting the development of students,” said VUU President Hakim J. Lucas. “She has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for student success. Dr. Carter exhibits a dedication to students that will contribute greatly to improving the campus experience we cherish as a critical part of the educational enterprise, said VUU President Lucas. “We look forward to her bringing her expertise to campus and leading our enrollment and student affairs efforts.”
Dr. Carter will oversee Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Housing and Residence Life, Campus Police, Counseling Services, Health Center, Student Activities & Leadership, Student Integrity & Conduct/Student Conduct & Community Standards, Career Services and Center for Student and Community Development.
As Vice President of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) since January 2016, Dr. Carter has been responsible for supervising two divisions Enrollment Management and the College of Undergraduate Students. The Division of Enrollment Management includes the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, the Bursar’s Office, and Transfer Student Services. The College of Undergraduate Studies coordinates New Student Orientation, Parent Programs, Academic Advising, and First- and Second-Year Experiences. Under Dr. Carter’s leadership, B-CU reached its highest enrollment since its inception in 1904, realized a retention rate of 67%, and increased tuition revenues by 40%.
Before being named Vice President, Dr. Carter served as the Chief Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Officer at Darton State College in Albany, GA where she oversaw a division of 76 full-time employees. She has also served as the Director of Academic Outreach for the College of Education and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Education Administration/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In this role, she was responsible for strategic enrollment management planning and overseeing college-wide recruitment, retention, communication, and outreach.
“I am beyond excited to serve as the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at a world-class institution in the capital of our nation's commonwealth,” Dr. Carter said. “VUU offers a vibrant campus life experience, small classroom setting, faculty and staff that care, and students matter. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to enhance and create innovative partnerships within and across units that prioritize student success.”
“My visit to campus and interactions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni only increased my respect for VUU,” she added. “I appreciate the confidence of President Lucas and the support of the Board of Trustees, and I eagerly anticipate becoming a Panther.
Dr. Allia L. Carter earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Siena Heights College, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Higher Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.
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