Toni Riley

Toni RileyToni Riley
Director of Admissions
Virginia Union University

Professional Background
Toni Riley grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio before moving to North Carolina where she completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at UNC-Charlotte. Upon moving to New Orleans, Louisiana for her PhD she began working in graduate admissions at the University of New Orleans before starting work for Tulane University Admissions Office as their Diversity & Access Recruitment Coordinator. From there she moved on to Loyola University where she served as the Associate Director of Diversity, Access and Inclusion. Before taking her newest role as the Director of Admissions at Virginia Union University, Toni served as Director of Admission at the University of the District of Columbia.

Educational Background
PhD Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Studies and Education
The University of New Orleans

MA - Master of Arts, U.S. History, Social, Urban, and Communal History, 2013
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

BA - Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, 2011
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“GWI has always been my favorite and most meaningful conference in admission--since the first very first time I attended. My small groups always made a big impact on my experience as I felt as though I was able to express my thoughts and beliefs freely. Moreover, I have maintained contact with my small groups over time and they have continued to be some of my greatest mentors and tools to continue pushing me through this profession. I am passionate about making this same impact on my small group and other participants of GWI to continue to show the various pathways that are available in enrollment management, as well as provide them with the knowledge of resources and people that are available to aid in their success.”

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