TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — William E. Hudson, Jr., Ph.D. is the newly hired director of retention in the Office of Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU).
In this capacity, his responsibilities will include developing and implementing strategies to increase the retention, progression, and graduation rates of students attending FAMU.
“As a proud graduate of FAMU, it is truly an honor to return home where instructors helped me develop skills necessary to pursue a career in higher education,” Hudson said. “President Ammons and Provost Hughes Harris have resurrected the energy and passion that once engulfed the students, staff, and faculty, thus making student retention, progression and graduation a priority. It is a privilege to contribute to the resurgence of Rattler legacy.”
Hudson was the associate director of the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) at Florida State University.
Hudson has extensive experience counseling students with academic, personal, and career issues. He is a specialist in the recruitment and retention of minority students and provides consulting to small colleges and universities. As an adjunct professor at FAMU, he educates students on rehabilitation, disability, vocational training and services, community transition, and empowerment.
He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.), and a member of the American College Counseling Association, National Association of Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and Florida Association Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (FAEOP), among other professional organizations.
Hudson is a native Floridian and FAMU graduate. He received his B.S. degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling education from FAMU. He went on to earn a specialist degree in counseling and human services and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from Florida State University.
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