Director: Bianca S. Hightower, M.Ed

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Bianca joined UMW in 2013 as an academic advisor in the Office of Academic and Career Services. Since 2015, she has served as Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development in the UMW Career Center. Bianca received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Wake Forest University in 2011 and completed her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013. She is presently working to complete her MBA through UMW’s College of Business. At UMW, Bianca is a member of the President’s Council for Sustainability, a part of Leadership UMW’s Class of 2017 and is actively involved with the Staff Advisory Council. Bianca is also a member of several different organizations including the Disney Education Connection, The National Association of Colleges and Employers and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. In her free time, Bianca enjoys spending time with her husband,  and two children, Nola (age 8) and Nolan (age 1).



Assistant Director: Dishanté E. Fryer

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Dishanté graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2014. At UMW, she is currently the Administrative Assistant for Academic Engagement and Student Success. DiShanté is a part of Leadership UMW’s Class of 2018 and is a newly elected member of the Staff Advisory Council. Outside of work DiShanté is pursuing a Paralegal Certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).   DiShanté is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and is married to Marine, Ronald M. Fryer and has a young  daughter, Imani Grace (1). When not at work or spending time with her family DiShanté enjoys reading, shopping and traveling.