UDC News

October 8, 2009


UDC Announces VP Appointments

Washington, DC - University of the District of Columbia System President Dr. Allen Sessoms today announced the appointment of two key members to his executive staff.

Alan Etter, who joined UDC in July as Director of Public Relations, has been elevated to Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs. In this position, Etter is responsible for all public affairs duties for the university as well as institutional advancement, marketing, alumni affairs and serves as spokesperson for the university system.

Dr. Valerie Epps came to UDC in June to assume the role of Vice President of Student Affairs. Since that time, she has also taken on the Admissions and Veterans Affairs functions for the university. Her priorities in her combined position are to develop programs to increase enrollment and retain students.

Etter, a veteran Washington journalist, served as public information officer for the DC Fire & EMS Department for nearly nine years before coming to UDC. In that role, he was chief spokesman for the department and arranged special events. He continues his affiliation with the fire service as a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Port of Washington Yacht Club.

Prior to joining DCFD, Etter was a well-known news reporter, working in television and radio, most notably WTOP News in Washington, where he earned several national and local awards for his work.

Epps is a former Vice President of Student Affairs at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. She has also served in leadership positions at several institutions, including the George Washington University here in Washington and Atlanta Metropolitan College, where she was Leadership Director. She has more than 20 years worth of management experience in higher education institutions.


The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371