VSU welcomes Drs. Sabin Duncan and Jame’l R. Hodges
Published date: August 15, 2017
The Virginia State University (VSU) family is happy to welcome Drs. Sabin Duncan and Jame’l R. Hodges to the Trojan family. Both begin their new positions within the Division of Student Success and Engagement August 25.
Hodges will serve as the associate vice president of student success and engagement. Duncan will serve as the executive director of student success initiatives.
Hodges earned his undergraduate degree in English from VSU, and returns to the University with a wealth of pedagogy and leadership experience, most recently as assistant vice president for student affairs at Tennessee State University. In 2016, he was selected as a Maxine Smith Fellow for the Tennessee Board of Regents for his research “Tennessee Promise: Changing the Mindset and Closing the Achievement Gap for African American Male students of TBR.” He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University and University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, respectively.
“I am so excited to return home to the institution that laid the foundation for my education and career,” Hodges said. “The Division of Student Success and Engagement and all of the departments within the division serve as the lifeline of the University, providing out of classroom learning and development for the students of VSU. I look forward to working in collaboration with academic affairs, community members, alumni and other constituents in building meaningful relationships for our students as we work to increase our enrollment, retention and graduation rates.”
Duncan comes to VSU from Hampton University (HU), where he served as director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from HU and his doctoral degree in philosophy from Eastern Michigan University. Duncan has worked as a principal and assistant principal at schools throughout Michigan and served in leadership capacities, including that of president for the National Association for African American honors programs.
“VSU students are positioned for greatness and I’m thrilled by the opportunity to help them through their higher learning journey,” Duncan said. “Helping students achieve their greatest potential is my passion.”