NJIT announces the appointment, effective Sept. 1, 2012, of Charles J. Fey, EdD, as the new NJIT Vice President of Academic and Student Support Services. Fey joins NJIT with 38 years of leadership experience in student services. Previously, he was vice president for student engagement and success and a professor in the graduate school at the University of Akron where he managed a $53 million divisional budget, a student affairs staff of 386 members, supervised three associate vice presidents, two assistant vice presidents plus fund-raised through gifts and grant-writing.“We welcome Dr. Fey to the NJIT family,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel S. Bloom, who previously held this position for 20-plus years at NJIT. “We are thrilled to have someone of his background and know-how on board. We know he will bring a wealth of riches in experience and practical resources to NJIT students, faculty and staff.”
Fey’s four years at Akron followed a decade of service at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC), a research extensive university and member of the University System of Maryland. UMBC is best known for its undergraduate honors college. His last position was as vice president for student affairs. More than 20 years of student support service experiences at six other institutions of higher learning preceded this position.
Fey believes that a hallmark of an effective vice president for academic and student support services is the ability to foster cooperation and effective working relationships with colleagues in academic affairs. His history of collaboration is extensive.
His proudest recent achievement was the creation and management of the Akron Experience, a signature program designed to advance total student learning and engagement to help students make intellectual connections between in-class and out-of-class learning while insuring pathways of success. While there, he also partnered with the Provost on projects to enhance the equality of student life and the student experience. These efforts resulted in the creation of living/learning communities which were so remarkable that they have received national recognition and are currently competing for the “Campus of the Year” award from Campus Activities magazine.
His UMBC work was the foundation for many of his later achievements. Three programs there resulted in markedly higher retention and graduation rates--the latter from 54 to 61 percent. With help from the provost, faculty members and residence life staff, he expanded a successful residence hall faculty-mentoring program. He developed a first-year experience program featuring a traditional credit-bearing course which resulted in the establishment of an undergraduate education office. And, he created living/learning communities for residential as well as commuter students.
Fey received his EdD in the administration of higher education from Texas A&M University. He received both his BA in liberal arts from Pennsylvania State University as well as his Master of Education in counselor/education/college student personal services. He did post master’s degree coursework in business management and higher education at Catholic University.