Dr. Valerie Hepburn currently serves as visiting professor in the Office of the Provost at The University of Georgia. In this role, she is helping lead several policy and research initiatives including the redesign of the University System of Georgia’s health benefits plan. She has more than 30 years of senior public policy and educational leadership experience. Her areas of specialization include health planning and policy, health professions education; strategic planning; policy analysis, development and implementation; budgeting and financial management; and organizational and leadership development.
Dr. Hepburn stepped down as president of the College of Coastal Georgia in June 2013, a position she held for five years. She was recruited to the position to provide the strategic leadership necessary to transform a small junior college into a nationally-recognized, comprehensive undergraduate institution. Her work at Coastal Georgia has been praised by colleagues, competitors and accreditors. During her tenure, she held a faculty appointment as professor of public policy and served as chair-elect of the Southern States Athletic Conference. Dr. Hepburn was recognized as one of four 2011 Power Women by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Previously, Dr. Hepburn served as an administrator and faculty member in health policy and management and public administration at both The University of Georgia and Georgia State University. In 2006, Hepburn was awarded a prestigious Packer Policy Fellowship from the Australian Government and the Commonwealth Fund. During her time in Australia, Dr. Hepburn conducted research and developed programming related to health professions education and regulation with both The Australian National University and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. She has served as invited convener for the International Medical and Health Workforce Collaborative and American Public Health Association.
Prior to her academic service, Dr. Hepburn spent more than two decades in senior leadership positions with state health, financing and regulatory agencies. She continues to work with public officials and research colleagues on strategic planning, health and education policy and resource allocation issues.
In July 2014, Dr. Hepburn will assume the role of President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. She and her husband, David Hayes, reside in Glynn County, Georgia.