The University of Louisiana Monroe announces the appointment of Valerie Fields, Ed.D., as the interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Her appointment as vice president will be confirmed at the June 25 meeting of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. She begins July 1.
The Winnsboro native is a two-time ULM alumna and served at the university as Director of Student Development from 1996 until 2003 when she was named Assistant Dean for Student Life and Leadership. She served in that position for two years.
She earned an M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, in 1992, and went on to add Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Administration and Supervision, to her academic credentials in 1997. Fields’ undergraduate B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education is from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge. She received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology) from Louisiana Tech University.
“Over the course of the next few months, I will be working with Interim President Dr. Edwin Litolff, the university community, the cities of Monroe and West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and other key stakeholders all over these United States,” said Fields. “We will begin exploring frames to place the lenses that will be developed and recommended for the Division of Student Affairs to cultivate a vision that speaks to all students, past, present, and future, as well as the president who will be named soon.”
Camile Currier has been Vice President of Student Affairs for more than five years. He is retiring June 30 after 50 years of service to the university. Currier is confident Fields brings expertise and new ideas to the position.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Valerie before. The university is fortunate to have someone with her experience and background come into this role. I feel she will be a great addition to the university,” he said.
Fields is a veteran educator, beginning as a teacher at J.S. Clark Magnet School in Monroe before holding associate and assistant professorships at two universities, including ULM, where she was a ULM Online Assistant Professor and supervisor of teacher and alternative certification candidates.
Applying her education management and academic skills in the business world, she founded Valient Achieving Leaders, LLC, in 2016 to “create partnerships and produce solutions for project management, assessment, technology integration, and curriculum development.”
Fields held several positions in administration at Denmark Technical College in Denmark, S.C., including Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academic Affairs (2014-16) and Chief Student Affairs Officer (2014-16). Among her many responsibilities were direct oversight in student affairs include enrollment management, student services (student activities, student organizations, judicial affairs, student center, residence life and housing, ID services, Health and Wellness Department), registrar, career planning and placement.
At South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Fields was Assistant/Associate, Interim, and Vice President for Student Affairs (2006-12). She was also an associate professor, LiveText administrator, and middle school coordinator (2010-14). Fields’ accomplishments at SCSU are numerous and varied. Her responsibilities focused on all aspects of student affairs as well as management and oversight of more than $39 million in state funds and $74 million in financial aid awards.
At Southeastern Louisiana University (2005-06) in Hammond, she served as Executive Director of Louisiana Campus Compact for the Louisiana Board of Regents, forging partnerships with organizations committed to public and community service. Fields secured more than $2 million in grants, memberships, and in-kind services.
Fields has numerous publications and research in education and learning, most recently as a co-author of a study on virtual learning strategies (2018).