Dr. M. Yvette Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Experience at Bennett College has been designated by President Suzanne Elise Walsh, JD to serve on the governing board of the VA–NC Alliance as a representative of the College.
The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (VA–NC Alliance) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project led by the University of Virginia. One of the project’s goals is the diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, with an emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees and matriculating to graduate school.
The Alliance is required to convene a governing board to oversee operations and activities, and members must be the presidents or chancellors of each of its partner institutions, or their designees. The governing board discusses how best to utilize the Alliance’s resources to increase minority representation in the STEM fields. Governing board members are also invited to participate in the VA–NC Alliance’s Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Dr. Wimberly came to Bennett College from Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she most recently served as Associate Dean for Student Services and Retention. In leadership roles at her former institution and others, she has played a pivotal role in recruitment, enrollment and retention, from developing a comprehensive Retention, Enrollment, and Student Success, and Default Management Plan for the Department of Education to implementing strategies for creating new pipelines for student recruitment at HBCU institutions. Dr. Wimberly has spent her career engaging students and striving for academic excellence in the institutions where she has served.
Dr. Wimberly has her doctorate in Executive Leadership & Higher Education from Jackson State University.