In July 2022, the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. Michael Edmondson with its Distinguished Leadership Award for his contribution to the understanding of and/or practice of effective leadership and his extraordinary impact.

 

Dr. Michael Edmondson previously served in three concurrent positions at New Jersey City University (NJCU): Executive 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, and the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Alternate Route Program.

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Highlights included include opening the NJCU @ Fort Monmouth campus facility during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 also 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.

 

Dr. Edmondson was selected to participate in and completed the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education. This program is designed for individuals who aspire to presidencies at four-year public research universities and regional comprehensive institutions. Twenty-nine participants from institutions around the country formed the 2021 Cohort.

He was also selected to participate in and completed the Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute. This program is designed for mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Twenty-six participants from institutions around the country formed the 2014 Cohort.

Dr. Edmondson 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.