Valerie Gregory is a retired Associate Dean of Admission and the Director of the Outreach Office at The University of Virginia. She received a BS in Early Childhood Education from Hampton (Institute) University and M.Ed in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. After being a teacher and principal for many years she came to the University of Virginia as an Assistant Dean of Multicultural Recruitment where later she became an Associate Dean of Admission and the Director of Outreach. This team was created in the office of admission to assist families from underrepresented and underserved groups with the college admission process. She was in this position for twenty-two years during which time she conducted workshops and webinars on minority recruitment best practices, presented at regional, statewide and national conferences on topics such as college admission, essay writing, financing a college education, writing effective recommendations and diversity initiatives. During her time at the University she received several awards and recognitions for her work with diversity and inclusion, community service, college admission, and her support and mentoring to specific populations.