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About the Book

All hail to the queen. The queen of any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) is a prominent figure and role model. Within the safe haven of the academic and cultural incubator specific to HBCUs, the campus queen is the pinnacle of college success for some Black women. The Legacy of the Crown: Miss Virginia Union University provides a historical glimpse of previous women who have held the prestigious title. Queen authors, women who have held the title of Miss VUU, share their memorable experiences, lessons they learned, and the legacy they left behind to the next generation of Black queens. This collection of history in words and pictures is a celebration of the culture, inspiration, and strength of not only Virginia Union University and the queens that graced those “hallowed grounds,” but for everyone who relishes in the beauty of the HBCU experience and wisdom for young women around the globe.  

Corliss has worked in the field of human resources for over 39 years.  And, her previous work experience has included managerial positions in the private sector including Marriott Hotels International, Circuit City Stores, Inc., as well as state agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia including The Virginia Lottery, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Corliss holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Virginia Union University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Senior Professional Human Resource designation from the National Society for Human Resource Management. This combination of work experience and education has allowed her to offer her employees and managers leading and cutting-edge services and strategies in human resource management, and to direct numerous implementation projects of human resource information systems (HRIS) for multiple organizations.  


Corliss has served as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet (Reynolds), and was selected to serve on selected executive hiring committees, and special projects and initiatives for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and other State Agencies. She has mentored countless numbers of young people and seasoned workers through individual career counseling, workshops and presentations at K-12 schools and local Richmond area churches. Corliss is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Corliss B. Woodson

Corliss B. Woodson retired from executive leadership with the Commonwealth of Virginia in early 2021. In her most recent position, she served as the college advisor for the Classified Council and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  With three campuses in the metropolitan Richmond area, Corliss was responsible for leading a team of dedicated human resource professionals in the management of human resources services for over 1,200 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.  She is also a trainer in human resources and presents workshops on recruitment, the prevention of sexual harassment, federal and state labor law, grievances, and position classification and compensation.  Corliss has dedicated her career to helping employees and managers achieve a successful balance of work, professional development, and family goals.

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