Dr. Alvarado Coleman serves as vice chancellor for Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University. She began at NCCU on June 18, 2018. She provides strategic and visionary direction for the Division of Student Affairs and oversees offices and departments, including Residential Life, Student Health and Counseling, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Disabilities Services, Career Services, Spiritual Development and Dialogue, Campus Recreation, the Student Union, Student Engagement and Leadership, Men’s Achievement and Centennial Scholars, the Women’s Center, and Student Life Assessment.
Previously, Dr. Coleman served as the associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She began her career working with the Federal TRiO programs, followed by progressive leadership roles in student affairs at major universities. Before joining FAMU, she served as the senior director for student affairs within the City University of New York (CUNY) at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Coleman’s research interests focus on college access and success, educational finance, and higher-education policy. She is an advocate on behalf of students from low-income families, first-generation students, and students with disabilities in her efforts to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes. She has also carried out research on student retention and the impact of pre-collegiate academic outreach programs on financial aid attainment and student persistence.
Nationally recognized for her leadership in higher education, Dr. Coleman has been named a Doctoral Fellow by the Association for Institutional Research and as a Melvene D. Hardee Fellow. In 2015, she completed training with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers Institute. Most recently, she was selected to participate in the first cohort of the University of Pennsylvania Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring President’s Institute. Also active in the community, Dr. Coleman serves on the state board of NASPA.
Dr. Coleman is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and holds a bachelor of science degree in exercise and sport sciences and a master of education degree in educational leadership, both from the University of Florida, as well as an EdD in higher education administration from Florida State University.