DR. ANGELA ALVARADO COLEMAN
Dr. Angela Alvarado Coleman began serving as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in August 2012 and currently leads a diverse portfolio of 13 departments in the Division of Student Affairs that are dedicated to providing a cutting-edge student experience from welcome week through graduation. FAMU is laying the groundwork for students to lead exceptional lives; and as an inspiring and visionary leader, Dr. Coleman has passionately worked to ensure that the Office of the Dean of Students instills a culture of providing exceptional student experiences. As a thoughtful educational leader, the basis of Dr. Coleman’s philosophy is simple in nature: Students learn best and succeed when they are actively involved in their education, when they become responsible for their growth as students, and when their learning is based on life experiences.
For over 20 years, Dr. Coleman has been committed to helping students have a successful college experience. She began her career working with the Federal TRIO programs followed by progressive leadership roles in student affairs at major universities. Before joining FAMU, she served as the Senior Director for Student Support within the City University of New York (CUNY) at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Coleman attributes much of her success and growth as a Student Affairs professional to the development of collaborative relationships with various departments in Student Affairs as well as with FAMU’s academic units. Her professional relationships are grounded in trust, integrity, communication, and respect and she seeks to model these attributes for her professional team as well. Moreover, she has demonstrated that, despite adversity, she has the ability to coordinate and lead positive change that builds upon teamwork and embraces the unique strengths of all constituencies in an effort to best meet the needs of FAMU.
Active in the community, Dr. Coleman serves on the state board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and on the Student Advisory Council (SAC) for Hartsfield Elementary School. She also holds active membership in Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She and her husband Michael Coleman are parents to two sons. Dr. Coleman is a native of Brooklyn, New York and graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Coleman went on to obtain her doctoral degree in Higher Education from the Florida State University.