Florida A&M University (FAMU) has appointed Nigel Edwards as the Division of Student Affairs’ associate vice president for enrollment management. His appointment was effective March 21.
Edwards comes to FAMU with more than 18 years of professional experience in higher education. He most recently served as the associate vice president of enrollment management and director of financial aid at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to that, Edwards served in administrative capacities at Morgan State University and C.W. Post University as director of financial aid, respectively. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Binghamton University, a top-rated research institution, and a master’s degree in information systems from American University.
“Nigel Edwards is a welcomed addition to the FAMU family,” said William Hudson Jr., Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to enrollment management. His appointment is another step in the right direction to improve business processes and ensure accountability.”
In his previous appointments, Edwards, who said he believes in fostering collaborative relationships among all departments within the university, has garnered a reputation for his ability to consistently increase the efficiency and effectiveness of enrollment and financial services. Some of his accomplishments include: achieving clean audits, lowering cohort default rates, improving retention and attrition rates, successfully identifying at risk students, promoting intrusive academic advisement programs and improving customer service initiatives. He plans to effect similar changes at FAMU.
As the head of FAMU’s enrollment management program, Edwards is also tasked with ensuring the continuance and expansion of the Office of Enrollment Management’s mission to establish positive working relationships with secondary schools and community colleges in order to bring awareness to the diverse program offerings at the university. Edward’s office serves as the first point of contact for prospective and new students, which includes providing information, recruiting, orientating and supporting students through their first classes at the university.
“I came to FAMU because I’m looking for an opportunity to affect our current and future students in a positive manner,” said Edwards, an active member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. “I plan to do the best job I can to help reestablish the legacy and heritage of FAMU through my work in the enrollment process.”