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Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover

Northern Virginia Community College
Vice President of Student Services
Frances Villagran-Glover was appointed Vice-President for Student Services in January 2019. Prior coming to NOVA, Frances  served as the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Special Programs and Success at Houston Community College.  She provided leadership for programs supporting student access, equity, and success. Recently, Frances has participated in national efforts focusing on tackling basic student needs and barriers to student success. VCCS Chancellor Dubois has selected her to co-chair the Power of Possible (P2) taskforce to study the non-academic challenges that impede student success in Virginia. Frances is no stranger to NOVA. From 2007-2017, she held several administrative level positions both in the instructional and student services areas. Her proudest contribution is spearheading college-wide MLK Annual Day of Service program. She is a recipient of the NOVA Alexandria Campus Jean Netherton Excellence Award and in 2017, she was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. She is also a Leadership Virginia Prince William alum.

Throughout her twenty-eight career in higher education, Frances has championed efforts in cultivating the untapped student potential. She has worked at four other community colleges and also has served on a national level working in workforce and academic support for the American Association of Community Colleges. She has worked on national projects designed to engage students in their communities through service-learning and civic engagement, facilitated faculty development and instructional technology programs. In 2018, Frances was appointed to the Commission on Structured Pathways for the American Association of Community Colleges. She is a designated Achieving the Dream Pathways coach.

As a first-generation college graduate, her family roots are her strength and they are a daily reminder of the sacrifices previous generations made to pave the path for access and success. In 2014, Frances was selected for the National Community College Hispanic Leadership Fellows program. She is also one of the inaugural Melinda and Bill Gates Scholar recipients. Frances is a native Texan, a US Marine Corps spouse, a mother of seven-children and a grandmother of two. She holds a doctorate from George Mason University, a master’s from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.