Dr. DeLaine Priest has over 24 years of experience in Higher Education, as well as, five years in Business and Industry. Dr. Priest obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Masters of Art in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She received her Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her particular areas of interest includes student retention, persistence, and completion, academic advising, leadership development, continuous quality improvement, program development, and diversity and inclusion. In her current role, Dr. Priest serves as Associate Vice President of Student Success in the division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES). Dr. Priest joined the University of Central Florida in 1994 and provides leadership and supervision to 11 UCF units. These units provide transitional support services such as orientation, academic advising, accessibility services, TRiO programs, academic learning support services, career development and readiness, support for transfer and veteran students, and co-curricular opportunities that empower students to succeed.