Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has created a new office and vice presidency to ensure more effective management and oversight of critical academic and business operations at the University.
Today, Robinson announced that Maurice Edington, Ph.D., founding dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology, will serve as vice president for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness.
Edington has also served as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chair of the University’s Strategic Plan Work Group. The group started working last fall to design a road map to chart the University’s progress towards meeting key academic, fiscal, and operational priorities over the next five years.
“The establishment of this position highlights the importance of effectively implementing FAMU’s existing and proposed priorities and excelling in the performance funding metrics established by the Florida Board of Governors,” said Robinson.
The new office will collaborate with senior leadership to monitor and improve progress on key performance indicators with respect to academic, fiscal, and operational goals.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Edington. “This position aligns well with the experiences and skills I’ve gained in various administrative roles. I’m grateful to Dr. Robinson for giving me the opportunity to assist in charting FAMU’s path forward.”
Robinson established several objectives for the office, including:
•Enhancing campus-wide customer service through increased monitoring, evaluation of operations, and solicitation of stakeholder feedback
•Strengthening communication with the FAMU Board of Trustees, Florida Board of Governors, accrediting agencies, and other organizations and stakeholder groups
•Increasing coordination of efforts to monitor progress on strategic planning goals and key performance indicators
•Improving coordination of data collection and reporting and the use of data in decision-making throughout the University environment
Edington’s appointment is effective Monday, February 20, 2017. He will provide oversight for assessment, accreditation, academic program review, institutional research and reporting, and strategic planning functions. Interim Provost Rodner Wright appointed Sonya Stephens, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, as interim dean of the college.