Palmer earns doctorate
Halifax Community College (HCC) Dean of Continuing Education
and Community Services Vera J. Palmer completed the
requirements July 21 for a Doctor of Education in
Educational Leadership—Higher Education Administration
degree from East Carolina University (ECU).
always had it in the back of my mind, hoping that one day I
would be able to reach that goal,” explained Palmer.
Although it had never seemed the right time before, when an
ECU doctoral cohort began almost eight years ago on HCC’s
campus, she decided to apply.
proves that you are never too old to learn,” continued
Palmer, who credited God and the support of family and
friends with her success. Although she was supported by many
with HCC affiliations, she is especially appreciative of the
support provided by the Continuing Education staff, HCC
President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., former Vice President of
Instructional Services Dr. Laura Buffaloe, who now sits on
the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors, and
hope that this degree will help me to continue to make a
difference in the Roanoke Valley. This should help me to
serve our clientele in a more informed manner,” she added.
addition to the doctorate, Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree
from Winston-Salem State University, master’s degrees from
Appalachian State University and North Carolina State
University as well as a sixth year certificate from North
Carolina State University. Her doctoral dissertation was
titled, “A Comparative Study of the Academic Performance of
Community College Transfer Students and Native Students at
Selected State Universities in North Carolina.”
An employee of HCC for more than seven
years, Palmer started her tenure at the college in 2004 as
associate dean of Continuing Education and was promoted to
the helm in 2005 as dean when Lyndal Williams, who
previously held the position, retired.
Dr. Vera J. Palmer