President, Tidewater Community College, Norfolk
Conston saw early on the value that education has for marginalized communities. She knew her goal was “to become someone to effect change in the lives of young people. And I knew that education would be the path to do that.” Conston began her career as a college administrator at her alma mater, Mississippi’s Jackson State University, and served as a vice president at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for almost 20 years.
Since taking the reins in 2020 at TCC, the state’s second-largest community college, Conston has emphasized the importance of workforce training in fields such as logistics, offshore wind energy and health care. She often shares her mother’s advice: “You have to truly believe that you have the ability to achieve.”
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