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Joy Pugh

Virginia College Advising Corps, Director

Joy Pugh has been Director of Virginia College Advising Corps since May of 2012, growing the program from 13 college advisers to 36 in 2018-2019. VCAC is 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. It is the founding chapter of the national College Advising Corps, now with over 600 college advisers serving across 15 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 a small non-profit agency. In 2005 she received her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.