Joy Pugh

Virginia College Advising Corps, Director

Joy Pugh is the Director of Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC), a statewide college access program that increases the number of low-income, first generation, and underrepresented high school students that enter and complete higher education.  Currently, 22 college advisers serve 26 high schools in Virginia.  VCAC is the founding chapter of the national College Advising Corps, now with over 600 college advisers serving across 14 states. 

Previously at the University of Virginia, Joy served as an Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students/Residence Life, and prior to that, as Coordinator of the LGBT Center.  She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Charlotte in 2001, then took a position as Director of Development for Time Out Youth, a non-profit agency in Charlotte.  In 2005 she received her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.  

She currently has board appointments on Virginia College Access Network and Piedmont Housing Alliance.