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TU names Edgens as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr.JeffersonEdgensThomas University administrators recently appointed Dr. Jefferson Edgens as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Thomas University with faculty rank as Associate Professor of Political Science.

“Academic quality is at the heart of a university and that requires leadership,” said Dr. Ann Landis, TU Executive Vice President and Provost. “Dr. Edgens has the administrative background to understand and direct the many aspects of academic programs – rigorous curriculum, engaging instruction and assessment of learning.  I am confident he will only add to Thomas University’s reputation for providing education that really makes a difference for students.”

Edgens comes to TU from East Georgia State College’s Augusta Campus, where he served as its start-up Director and Assistant Professor. He also served as an assistant professor at East Georgia State College’s Statesboro Campus. Edgens’ prior positions include Dean of External Programs at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia; Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Georgia Military College, Director of Morehead State University at Jackson in Jackson, Kentucky; and Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky.

“I’m thrilled to be here at Thomas University,” Edgens said. “I think it’s a very good fit and I embrace this opportunity to return to a liberal arts college.”

Originally from Rome, Georgia, Edgens first experienced the liberal arts college setting as a student at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Political Science minor. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida and his Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Michigan State University.

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at TU, Edgens is responsible for providing leadership for curriculum, instruction, academic program assessment and program management for eight academic divisions and oversees primary academic support services including the Library and Academic Technology.

“We often talk about ‘fit’ when we are hiring new employees,” Landis said. “Dr. Edgens is stepping right in to the student-centered culture at TU, with energy and ideas.”

One of Edgens’ top priorities will be coordinating assessment efforts in preparation for TU’s reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, also known as SACSCOC.

“I’ll also see what I can do to help our academic programs thrive,” he said, adding that will include looking more closely at TU’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. “Thomas University is a liberal arts college that is well positioned for the future with all of the changes taking place in higher education today.”

Edgens recently moved to Thomasville with his wife, Janie Edgens. He also has two children, Savannah, a freshman at the State College of Florida, and Kipp, a high school sophomore.

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