Director of Campus Life & Student Experience
☏ 434-823-4805, ext. 220
A native of Southampton County, Virginia, Hattie Francis graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a B.A. in English, and a minor in history. She then moved from Blacksburg to Richmond, where she attended Virginia Commonwealth University to obtain her first master’s degree. While attending VCU, Hattie moved home to work full-time as an English teacher at Southampton High School in Courtland, Virginia. During that time, Hattie successfully completed her M.A. in English focusing on the Book of Job, Frederick Douglass, and Southampton County’s Nat Turner.
Hattie taught English as an adjunct for Paul D. Camp Community College and Chowan University before accepting a role as the Executive Director of Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater, a small nonprofit in Franklin, Virginia. She continued to serve as an adjunct at PDCCC and realized after two years of nonprofit administration that education was her “home.” In August 2016, Hattie moved to Lake Mary, Florida to return to teaching and to obtain her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. Following the completion of her second master’s degree, Hattie moved back to the Commonwealth and joined the Miller School of Albemarle to assume the position of Director of Campus Life and Student Experience.
In her spare time, Hattie enjoys Virginia Tech football, running, biking, and visiting family and friends in Southampton County and the surrounding areas.