Tonnie Villines

Director, Career and Professional Development

Tonnie Villines, Director of Career and Professional Development


JD, North Carolina Central University
MPA, University of the District of Columbia
BSW, Virginia Commonwealth University


Tonnie Villines was an attorney with the Virginia Legal Aid Society (Danville) and the historic Hill, Tucker and Marsh Law Firm (Richmond).  At Virginia Legal Aid, he was involved in social security disability cases and an array of poverty law matters.  At Hill, Tucker and Marsh, Mr. Villines’ cases included personal injury, employment, social security disability and other civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Villines later joined Virginia State University (VSU) where he directed the dual enrollment program (high school students obtaining college credit). This program started with less than two hundred students in three high schools and ended with more than nine hundred students in thirty two high schools. During this time, the program adopted Armstrong High School in Richmond. Over a span of years at VSU, Mr. Villines served as student conduct director, assistant athletic director, athletic compliance director and taught at the University.  He also held positions in human resources (EEO) and in development.

At the Richmond Urban League, Mr. Villines was the primary grant writer and fund raiser. He was instrumental in the organization’s programming which included employment, education, housing and homeless services.

Mr. Villines has been a member of the Virginia Bar since 1988.  He is a board member of the Oliver Hill Foundation and the Old Dominion Bar Association.  He has been a recipient of the Halifax County (Virginia) Community Action Agency’s Role Model of the Year Award. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and the arts.

Contact Information

Office: 165
Phone: 919-530-6510
Fax: 919-530-7981