Director of the Virginia College Advising Corps at the University of Virginia
Dr. Joy Pugh graduated from UNC Charlotte and the University Honors Program (UHP) with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2001. After graduating from UNC Charlotte, Dr. Pugh took a job at Time Out Youth in Charlotte, NC as Director of Development. From there, she went on to graduate school at James Madison University, earning an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration. Since graduating from JMU, Dr. Pugh has spent 12 years at the University of Virginia, first as the LGBT Coordinator, then an Assistant Dean of Students in Housing/Residence Life, and currently as the Director of the Virginia College Advising Corps.
The Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) functions as a public service program to address the widening gap in college access for low income, first generation, and underrepresented students. Their mission is to increase the number of these students entering and completing higher education. Dr. Pugh has been Director of VCAC since May 2012, overseeing the program which currently has 24 college advisers serving 28 high school sites across Virginia.
UHP had a large impact on Dr. Pugh’s time at UNC Charlotte. She says, “From day 1 on campus, UHP provided a smaller community in a large institution that helped me to adjust to being in college and find my way… Beyond the students, the faculty involved with UHP are some that were incredibly influential during my undergraduate years… Without UHP, I could have easily gotten lost in the crowd at UNC Charlotte, but instead, my college world opened.”
Dr. Pugh stays connected to UHP via the personal relationships she has made with some faculty and students/alumni. She says, “It’s a testament to UHP that the experiences there create lifelong connections.”