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May 7, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of the District of Columbia President Makes Administrative Changes

Washington, D.C.Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, is proud to announce that Valerie Epps, Ph.D., will be joining the University as the vice president of Student Affairs effective June 1, 2009. She is currently the vice president for Student Affairs and Student Life at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Epps comes to the University of the District of Columbia with over thirty years of academic administrative experience that includes positions at The George Washington University, John A. Logan College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. Other positions she has held include: interim vice president for Student Affairs, director of the Multicultural Student Services Center, director of the Academic Support and Career Development Center, division chairperson for Learning Support, director of the Tutoring and Counseling Program, director of the Student Support Services Grant Program and a University System of Georgia Mediator.

She has provided strategic planning oversight and leadership for students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and executives to improve the college student experience. Dr. Epps has been well received by students on campuses where she has served. For her outstanding service to students, George Washington University students created two Valerie L. Epps Community Days for the District of Columbia.

“Valerie’s unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for students is critical to the environment of excellence we are creating here at the University of the District of Columbia,” said President Allen L. Sessoms. “Her extraordinary career successes will help us meet the highest standards in student affairs.”

Dr. Epps holds a Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also received a M.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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