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Dr. Yolanda Barbier Gibson

Shenandoah University
Vice President for Student Success, Division of Student Success
Dr. Yolanda Barbier Gibson became Shenandoah University’s Vice President for Student Success in June 2019. As vice president she is responsible for ensuring that all students are successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Her office oversees six departments including career services, counseling, dean of students, enrollment management, learning resources (tutoring and disability support services), and the wellness center.

Dr. Barbier Gibson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount University in Communication Studies and Business Administration (VA), a Master of Arts degree in Community College Teaching and Doctor of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from George Mason University (VA). Prior to Shenandoah University, she was a Fellow with the American Council on Education and Towson University was her host institution. From 2011-2018, she served as the Associate Dean of First Year Experience and the Director of Alumni Relations Officer at Marymount University. As the Associate Dean of FYE, she was responsible for coordinating and facilitating efforts across the university to provide a unified approach to interventions aimed at increasing retention and success rates of all students. In addition, she provided direct oversight and supervision for academic advising and first year seminar courses for new undergraduate freshmen and transfer students.

As the Director of Alumni Relations, she provided direct supervision for the Office of Alumni Relations, including the planning and implementation of alumni programs, and provided strategic and organizational support to the alumni advisory board.
Gibson’s other previous positions include the Director of the Student Success Center at the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College (UDC-CC), Director of Campus & Community Relations at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) (NOVA), Academic Coordinator at George Washington University’s Graduate Center, and adjunct professor at both NOVA and UDC-CC. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association, and National Communication Association, American Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Gibson obtained the following honors, Alumni Club Leadership Award (2008), and the Virginia Community College System Classified Staff Leadership Award (2007).