Maurice Edington, Ph.D., currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). In this role, he provides oversight and leadership for the University’s academic programs.
Edington previously served as the University's vice president for strategic planning, analysis, and institutional effectiveness where he was responsibile 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 FAMU's currrent 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 implementing strategies to improve the University’s outcomes on the Performance Based Funding Model.
He also served as founding dean for FAMU's College of Science and Technology. Under his leadership the college increased freshman retention rates, grant awards, and graduate enrollment. He spearheaded the development of the college’s inaugural strategic plan, revamped the college’s tenure and promotion criteria, and implemented several academic support initiatives to increase student success rates in several science and mathematics gateway courses. Additionally, 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.
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. 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 previously served as FAMU’s SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.
Edington is formally trained as a physical chemist, with a speciality in research of ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Edington also conducts research and provides faculty development in STEM education, focusing 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 previously served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on a $2M grant from the National Science Foundation.
He received a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in chemistry from Fisk University, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Vanderbilt University. He also completed postdoctoral studies at Duke University, where he was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow. Edington has been employed at FAMU since 1998.