Dr. Michael Edmondson currently serves in three concurrent positions at New Jersey City University (NJCU): Director, NJCU @ Fort Monmouth, Dean, College of Professional Studies (CPS) and Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL). NJCU @ Fort Monmouth is a 28-acre satellite campus located in Monmouth County offering degree completion and graduate degree programs. CPS offers a Doctor of Science in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy; bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice, health sciences, nursing, cybersecurity, school nursing, and professional security; and bachelor's degree programs in nursing, fire science and fitness and exercise science. PELL includes non-credit programming, workforce development training, the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Alternate Route Program, and the Hudson County Small Business Development Center at NJCU. Recent accomplishments include opening the NJCU @ Fort Monmouth campus, launching new academic programs including a bachelor’s and master’s in cybersecurity, bringing in over $1.5 million in grant funding for various projects, designing a Community Music School in collaboration with the Department of Music, Dance and Theatre, and coordinating an innovative state wide agreement with the NJ Division of Fire Safety and the NJCU Fire Science department.
Prior to joining NJCU, Dr. Edmondson served as the Director for The Center of Continuing Studies (CCS) at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey where he managed non-credit classes, workforce development programs, and professional development certification programs. Dr. Edmondson served as Associate Vice President of Career Development at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he launched the Career/Opportunities/Research/Exploration (CORE) Center. Dr. Edmondson and his team created and implemented the nation’s first undergraduate professional preparation tracking system for liberal arts students known as The Viking Score.
Business Experts Press has published seven books for Dr. Edmondson: Embracing Ambiguity: A Post-Pandemic Training Program (December, 2021), Agility: Management Principles for a Volatile World (2020), The Relevance of the Humanities to the 21st Century Workplace (2019), Strategic Thinking and Writing (2018), Success: Theory and Practice (2017), Major in Happiness: Debunking the College Major Fallacies (2016) and Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigating Your Career (2015). The Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) published his article “Agile Leadership for a Volatile World” in its April-June 2021 edition of its Planning for Higher Education Journal.
He is a graduate of Cabrini University (BA History) in Radnor, PA; Villanova University (MA History) in Villanova, PA, and Temple University (Ph.D. History) in Philadelphia, PA. A Herbert Hoover President Grant provided financial support during the completion of his dissertation: The Foreign Policy of American Individualism: Herbert Clark Hoover, the Department of Commerce and Mexico, 1921-1928.
Dr. Edmondson was selected as one of 29 higher education leaders from across the nation to be a member of the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education Class of 2021. The six-month program is designed for individuals who aspire to presidencies of higher education institutions. Dr. Edmondson has spoken at hundreds of events on a variety of higher education, career, and business-related issues. Most recently, he provided the keynote address “Measure Twice, Place One: A Disruptive, Agile, and Radical Model for Placement in a Post-Pandemic World,” for the National Organization of Student Success-NJ Chapter. In 2007, the Empowerment Group awarded Dr. Edmondson its Entrepreneurial Inspiration Award for his work supporting minority entrepreneurship ventures in Philadelphia.