Dr. Michelle B. Releford

Students at Winston-Salem State University morn the death of Dr. Michelle B. Releford. “Michelle has done an outstanding job as Dean of University College since joining Winston-Salem State in 2008,” said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.

Releford has more than 25 years experience on college campuses with responsibility for a variety of areas including student development, enrollment management and student services.  She has served as vice president for student development and enrollment management at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Fla.; vice president for student services at Atlanta Technical College and Edison College in Fort Myers, Fla.; and dean of student services and enrollment management, dean of enrollment management and associate academic dean at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.  She also was the owner of Insightful Concepts, an independent educational consulting firm.

Releford earned her undergraduate degree in English from Albany State College in Albany, Ga., her masters’ degree in instructional technology from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. and her doctoral degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Tennessee.  She was a charter member of the Community College Advisory Task Force for The College Board and involved with a several national organizations involved in higher education.  She is also a member of American Association of University Women and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

“Her RAMDITION orientation program for freshmen this past fall semester certainly laid the foundation for their potential success on our campus. She has also provided leadership for the various programs and activities that are designed to support our student retention and graduation efforts.”

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  1. I am very saddened to hear of Michelle’s passing. What seems like a short time ago, we shared a collegiate experience on the campus of Albany State College. Michelle was fun, loving and I have only the fondest memories of her. Rest in Peace lovely one!

  2. What can I say? Michelle was a wonderful funloving person who will be greatly missed. I had not been in contact with her for many years since our Albany State days, but she will forever live in my memory. Deepest sympathy to the family.

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