Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D.
Florida A&M University
Dr. Edington has served as the Vice President for Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Effectiveness at Florida A&M University since February 2017. In this role, he has responsibility for overseeing the University’s assessment, accreditation, academic program quality, institutional research, reporting, and strategic planning functions. His tenure in this role has been marked by several notable achievements. These include 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 the University’s 2017 Legislative Budget Request that resulted in a $6M legislative allocation, and providing leadership on implementing strategies to improve the University’s outcomes on the Performance Based Funding Model. He also played a critical role in helping to shape the University’s planning and visioning efforts.
Dr. Edington previously served as founding Dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology, which is one of FAMU’s largest academic units. 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 to increase student success rates in several science and mathematics gateway courses. In addition, 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. In partnership with Florida State University, Dr. Edington co-directed the Florida Information Technology Career (FITC) Alliance. This innovative partnership was created via a $2.9M award from the Florida Board of Governors in 2014 to support FAMU’s efforts to recruit, retain and graduate increased numbers of students in the high-demand areas of information technology and computing.
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. In this role, he managed the campus-wide effort to remove FAMU from SACSCOC probation in 2013, coordinated the completion of the institution’s Fifth-Year Interim Report in 2015, and provided leadership for the University’s recent successful decennial SACSCOC reaffirmation review. He previously served as co-chair of the 15-member Strategic Plan Workgroup that guided the development of FAMU’s new strategic plan, and he served as the University Liaison to the FAMU Board of Trustees Committee on Strategic Planning and Performance Measures.
Dr. Edington is a physical chemist by training, with a research specialty in the area of ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Dr. Edington also conducts research and provides training to faculty in the area of STEM education, with a focus on using active learning instructional strategies to enhance critical thinking skills. Dr. Edington has secured over $10M in research funding from various federal and state agencies, and he currently serves as the Principal Investigator on a $2M grant award from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Edington received his B.A. degree 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.