Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D.
Maurice Edington, Ph.D. currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). In this role, Dr. Edington provides oversight and leadership for all of the University’s academic programs.
Dr. Edington previously served as the Vice President for Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Effectiveness at FAMU, where he was responsible for overseeing the university’s assessment, accreditation, academic program quality, institutional research, reporting and strategic planning functions. His tenure was marked by several notable achievements, including leading the development and implementation of the university’s new five-year strategic plan, coordinating the successful decennial accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), co-authoring FAMU’s 2017 Legislative Budget Request, resulting in a $6M legislative allocation, and providing leadership on implementing strategies to improve the university’s outcomes on the Performance Based Funding Model.
Dr. Edington previously served as founding dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology. Under his leadership the college made tremendous strides in several key areas, which included increasing freshman retention rates, increasing grant awards, and increasing graduate enrollment. He spearheaded the development of the college’s inaugural strategic plan, guided the revamping of the college’s tenure and promotion criteria, and implemented several academic support initiatives that helped increase student success rates in several science and mathematics gateway courses. Additionally, Dr. Edington facilitated the college’s efforts in establishing strategic partnerships with several corporations and government agencies to garner support for the College’s strategic priorities.
Dr. Edington’s previous administrative experiences also include serving as the director of the FAMU Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), chair of the FAMU Department of Chemistry, and director of the FAMU Office of Engineering and Science Support. Dr. Edington also has extensive experience with accreditation and strategic planning. Under his supervision as dean, the FAMU computer science program completed a successful ABET accreditation review. Additionally, he has served as FAMU’s SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison since 2010.
Dr. Edington is a physical chemist by training, with a research specialty in ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Dr. Edington also conducts research and provides training to faculty in STEM education, with a focus on using active learning instructional strategies to enhance critical thinking skills. He has secured over $10M in research funding from various federal and state agencies, and he currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on a $2M grant award from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Edington received a B.A. in chemistry from Fisk University, a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Vanderbilt University, and he completed postdoctoral studies at Duke University, where he was a National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Edington has been employed at FAMU since 1998.