Virginia R. Hunter

Research Associate



B.A. in University Studies: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
M.A. in Arts Education: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Ed.D. in Higher Education: University of Pennsylvania


Virginia R. Hunter joined RFA as a Research Associate in January of 2016. For more than 10 years she has worked in higher education and arts education—as an administrator, researcher, and educator. She currently supports RFA’s postsecondary policy projects, including as a study of institutional response to outcomes-based funding policies in Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana, and a study examining multiple measures states and systems used to place students into developmental education coursework. Independently of RFA, Ginger serves as a research affiliate of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, conducting research on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and MSIs in the Southwest. Prior to joining RFA, she was a program coordinator for Penn’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management, an accelerated doctoral program for senior leaders in higher education. Originally an educator, Ginger previously taught for New Mexico State University’s Theatre Arts Department. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and is currently completing her Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.