Two African American Women at Southern State Universities Announce Their Retirements

Joanne Bankston, coordinator of family and consumer sciences, and state specialist for family economics management for the Cooperative Extension program at Kentucky State University, has retired. She worked for Kentucky State for 44 years. Dr. Bankston was president of the Association of Home Equipment Educators from 2011-13.

Dr. Bankston holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics from Morehead State University in Kentucky. She earned a master’s degree in family economics and management from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in extension education from Ohio State University.

Valerie Gregory, associate dean of undergraduate admissions at the University of Virginia, has retired. She joined the staff at the admissions office in 1999. Previously, she was the principal of the Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Gregory is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in early childhood education. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the Unversity of Virginia.


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