On August 31, 2022, members of the College of Law community gathered for a retirement reception for Virginia Vermillion, who has served as dean of students for over twenty years. In the weeks leading up to her retirement, the News-Gazette published a profile of Vermillion, where she discussed her trajectory from being a law student at Illinois to landing a position on the senior administrative team. She spoke warmly of her role counseling students from their very first days at the law school into the early years of their careers and thereafter.
“They stay in touch and share things with me, and when I’m working with the next student who is going through the same thing,” she finds a former student who is more than happy to help mentor that struggling pupil.
“When all of a sudden someone feels like law is lost to them, (their mentor) can help them realize they aren’t the first person to struggle with this.”
The College of Law thanks Dean V for her many years of service, and wishes her a very happy retirement.
Read the full profile at news-gazette.com.