Lucy Hudson, Ed.D.

Lucy Hudson smiling and wearing a red and white polka dot dress.

Director of Academic Operations
806 W Franklin St, rm 124
(804) 827-4446


Lucy Hudson is not a stranger to the academic space. Lucy has over 17 years of university experience providing support to students and faculty as an adjunct instructor, financial manager, human resources administrator, program coordinator, analyst, researcher, and academic adviser. She has a bachelor's degree in urban studies and planning, a bachelor's degree in religious studies, and a master's degree in adult learning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and, in May 2022, she obtained a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the VCU School of Education.

Lucy has served as a learning specialist and adjunct instructor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She facilitated workshops and taught courses on student development, program evaluation, social skills, and time and stress management. Currently, Lucy serves as the Director of Academic Operations for the Department of Psychology and is an adjunct instructor teaching Leadership Development for Women of Color. In her role in Psychology, Lucy has implemented initiatives to increase diversity recruitment, streamline departmental processes, and develop programming to support graduate students. Lucy’s focus on marginalized populations has developed her passion for increasing equity and inclusion efforts in undergraduate and graduate programs to ensure that black students are developed, supported in graduate programs, and have a voice at the table.

Lucy's work with IED initiatives has allowed the opportunity to serve on several university IED committees for the College of Humanities and Sciences. In addition to this, in 2020, Lucy started serving as member of the leadership for the VCU African American Alumni Council Mentoring Circle, and, in April 2022, she was appointed co-program manger for the mentoring program.

Outside of the academic setting, Lucy serves as an Associate Minister at Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church, coordinating and leading the Youth Ministry. Her passion for community shines through her work with the Lighthouse Literacy Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing books to children and youth in rural and low-income communities. Lucy uses her years of experience in higher education to conduct workshops on leadership, research and writing, and career planning. Lucy believes that everyone should have access to and receive the tools needed to be successful. Lucy believes that everyone has potential, but some need someone to help them find that potential.


VCU African American Alumni Council Mentoring Circle Excellence in Service Award, 2021

ACHI Magazine Educator of the Year Award, 2021

ACHI Magazine Woman of Achievement Award, 2021

VCU Staff Senate Award for Diversity and Inclusion, 2020

College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, Excellence in Service Award, 2016

Publications or Paper

Hudson, L.R., Lindstrom, D. L., Patel, M., & Ponton, R. (2022). Virginia Community College System Online Student Success: Best Practices and Sustainable Change.” [Capstone Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Commonwealth University]. VCU Scholars Compass.

Newman, P., Hurd, V., Sun, H., Roberson, C., Hudson, L., & Berry, R. “Identifying Organizational Containment: Whiteness as a System of Oppression Affecting Black Girls in Urban Public Schools.” Journal of Research on Adolescence, 2020. Submitted.

Hudson, L. “Building a Balanced Class: Diversity Recruitment & Admissions Strategies at a Highly-Selective Institution.” NAGAP Perspectives Magazine: Conference Summary. NAGAP, New York. 2018.

Croasdaile, S., Angel, R., Carr, E., Hudson, L., Usrey, C. Using blogs to overcome the challenges of a research methods course. Teaching, Learning, and the Net Generation: Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners. IGI Global, Pennsylvania. 2012.