In her first venture in full-time employment, Virginia Morgan learned she didn't care to earn a living in the retail world. The lesson was learned while working for a North Carolina-based mass merchandise company. During her eight years there, she held several positions, ranging from point of sale trainer to order distribution manager. After that, Virginia went back to school and, in 1992, received an Ed.D. in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. Later that year, she moved to Auburn and joined the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) as an extension specialist and coordinator of the visual resources unit. In 1999 she was named co-leader of Extension Communications, while continuing her earlier assignment.
She became the Alabama representative to EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) in 2003. Virginia also serves as co-chair for the ACES institutional committee for eXtension. She was the 2005-2006 president of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE). Throughout her tenure with Extension, she has conducted numerous workshops on presentation skills, interpersonal communication skills, instructional design, learning styles, and ethics in the workplace. In addition, she wrote "Public Speaking," a chapter in the Communicator's Handbook, third and fourth editions.