|December 2016 Commencement Speaker|
Secretary of Education, Dr. Dietra Trent
Dietra Trent was appointed as Secretary of Education by Governor McAuliffe in 2016. She had previously served as Deputy Secretary of Education. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Education in Governor Tim Kaine’s administration, and as Director of Constituent Services and Director of the Council on Human Rights under Governor Mark Warner. Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.