Why I work with HCM

As a first generation college student who benefited from federal support services such as Upward Bound, Pell grants, SEOG and work study as well as institutional resources, I am committed to insuring that other learners have the same benefits and opportunities to reach their goals. My passion and purpose everyday is to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Our policies and practices at all levels should provide for access, opportunity and success for all.

Toya Barnes-Teamer


A principal of HCM Strategists’ higher education team, Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer provides expertise in state and system-level higher education research, policy and cross sector collaboration. Toya provides technical support to systems and institutions to support student success, as well as system and institutional assessments to identify barriers and opportunities to increase student retention and completion. Toya also helps to identify strategies focused on improving outcomes and closing achievement gaps.

Toya brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration to the HCM team, most recently as vice president for student success at Dillard University (LA) where she coordinated the planning, development, organization and administration of the university’s governing policies with the executive cabinet. She also was responsible for the development of the enrollment management plan at the university, as well as the university’s retention initiatives.

Previously, Toya served as senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), after serving as vice chancellor/provost for Louisiana Technical College, District One. Prior to her tenure at LCTCS, Toya was associate director of admissions for recruitment and enrollment management at the University of New Orleans (LA) and associate director of admissions at Loyola University (LA).

Toya holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loyola University New Orleans and received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans.



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