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Laura Clark

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Laura J. Clark is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for the VCCS Student Success and the Office of Professional Development. She is a certified trainer with the College Achievement Alliance and the Community Resilience Initiative as well as a certified Virginia Career Coach. Laura was one of the founding College Success Coaches in the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative at Paul D. Camp Community College. In that position, she helped to create an award-winning, nationally recognized coaching model to assist students in their success in college.

As an adjunct faculty member, Laura taught Health and Student Development courses at Paul D. Camp Community College. She has additional teaching experience at Virginia Tech and Radford University. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Student Support at the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech. While at Radford University, Laura was a part of several teams including the Faculty Development Center; the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment; and the Office of New Student Programs. She also served as a regional coordinator for two Fortune 500 companies overseeing the training and success of teams at 13 locations across the Commonwealth.

Laura is a first-generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Student Affairs Administration from Radford University. Her research interests include predictors of college student adjustment, the impact of resilience in overcoming effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), first-generation student experience and success, and cross-cultural communication and education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, designing, and building sets for stage productions, crafting, and baking. Laura is native of Suffolk, VA and currently lives in Southampton County, VA with her husband and 12-year-old daughter along with a fluffy cat and diva show bunny.