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FIELDS TO HEAD LOUISIANA CAMPUS COMPACT
HAMMOND – Valerie Fields has been named
Executive Director of Louisiana Campus Compact, announced Southeastern
Louisiana Univeristy President Randy Moffett, a member of the Louisiana
Campus Compact Executive Committee.
Fields will be based at Southeastern,
which serves as the host site for this coalition of 26 Louisiana university
and colleges formed to advance the civic mission of higher education.
Fields is charged with providing leadership
and assistance to member institutions in their efforts to prepare students
for lives of civic engagement and service to society, said Moffett.
“We are very pleased to have someone with the administrative, academic
and student life experiences that Dr. Fields brings to this position,”
Moffett said. “She has a solid understanding of the value of integrating
service learning into the college curriculum and has a long record community
“This is an exciting opportunity,”
Fields said. “The enthusiasm and support that the charter institutions
have shown in developing this organization demonstrate the tremendous interest
that Louisiana higher education has in further organizing community service
activities for their students.”
Louisiana Campus Compact is one of
30 state coalitions affiliated with the national Campus Compact organization.
Formed in 1985, the coalition promotes community service, encourages collaborative
partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty in integrating
public and community service into research and teaching.
Fields served as director of student
development at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1996 to 2003.
She was then appointed assistant dean for student life and leadership and
instructor of mathematics. She has also worked as a reading instructor
at Louisiana Tech University, a mathematics consultant in the East Carroll
Parish School System, and in various positions at northeast Louisiana area
She holds a doctorate in curriculum
and instruction from Louisiana Tech, a master’s degree in administration
and supervision from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a bachelor’s
degree in early childhood education from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
She is the recipient of numerous awards from the University of Louisiana
at Monroe, including two Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty
awards, the SGA Award of Excellence for Dedicated Service, and the Alumni
Association’s award for Outstanding Service to ULM and the community.
As an advocate of community service,
Fields has worked with the American Heart Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, served on the Big Brother Big Sister Advisory Board, the Minority
Business Council Board of Directors and the Volunteers of America Advisory
Board, and chaired the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.