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Assistant Professor

Gabriel R. Serna is an assistant professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with over 15 years of experience in higher education including as director of programming at New Mexico State University, assistant director of admissions at the University of Kentucky, and most recently, on the faculty of Virginia Tech where he also served as program director. 


Dr. Serna’s research interests include higher education economics, finance, policy, undocumented student populations, college and university fiscal administration and strategic enrollment management. He has taught multiple courses in higher education policy, finance, foundations, law, institutional research and assessment and evaluation. Some of his published work can be seen in the Journal of Education Finance, Studies in Higher Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, and the Journal of Student Financial Aid. 

Dr. Serna is a first-generation, Hispanic college student from Las Cruces, New Mexico.