Dr. Monique Perry-Graves

AVP Enrollment Management & Campus Operating Officer, York Technical College

Dr. Monique Perry-Graves is an award-winning administrator, educator, leadership coach, speaker, and author. For the past decade, Dr. Perry-Graves has served in positions of increasing responsibility across the higher education ecosystem including academic affairs, college advancement/marketing, and student affairs at York Technical College; a community college in South Carolina. She currently serves in dual leadership capacities at York Tech as the College’s Campus Operating Officer (COO), overseeing off-campus sites in Chester and Lancaster Counties and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (Chief Enrollment Management Officer). In addition to the oversight of the college’s off-campus centers, Dr. Perry-Graves portfolio includes leadership of new student advising, recruitment, and registration; new student orientation;  registrar’s office and graduation; enrollment data and communications; one-stop center services/call center operations, and financial aid. Prior to this position she served in various capacities at York Tech including: Director for Strategic Communications and Marketing and full-time faculty and academic advisor. Prior to her career in higher education, she served in various capacities in the private sector such as project manager and executive speechwriter.

In addition to her professional impact, Dr. Perry-Graves has been recognized on a state and national level for her leadership, most recently named by The Mecklenburg Times as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2020. In 2018, she was one of the first leaders from South Carolina chosen for the national Aspen Institute Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.  Dr. Perry-Graves was also selected as an honoree for the 2018 Athena International Leadership Award in the public sector category and was named to The Mecklenburg Times  “Icons and Phenoms” Leadership Class of 2018. A strong commitment to student success and innovation resulted in her selection by the South Carolina Technical College System as the recipient of the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year award in 2017. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Charlotte and Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina.

Dr. Perry-Graves earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida and was named a Distinguished Alumni Award finalist by her doctoral program. She completed a graduate degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University and earned an undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina Central University.  She is a leadership coach, and holds a Coaching Certificate from the Associate of Talent Development (ATD) and has also studied at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She also serves as an inaugural faculty member for AACRAO’s ASCEND Leadership program designed to increase the pipeline and readiness of leaders of color to attain senior level enrollment management positions.