Office of the President

MEMORANDUM

To: The University Community

From: Joel S. Bloom

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Subject: Appointment of Dr. Charles J. Fey to the position of Vice President of Academic and Student Support Services

I am pleased to announce, effective Sept. 1, 2012, the appointment of Charles J. Fey, EdD, as the new NJIT Vice President of Academic and Student Support Services.  Dr. 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 and raised funds through gifts and grant-writing.

I welcome Dr. Fey –and hope you also will welcome him -- to the NJIT family. I am thrilled to have someone of his caliber in the realm of student support services join us.  I know he will bring a wealth of riches both in knowledge and practical resources to all of us-- students, faculty and staff.    

Dr. Fey’s four years at Akron followed a decade of service at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC), a research extensive university known for its undergraduate honors college. His last position was as vice president for student affairs.   More than 20 years of similar experiences at six other institutions of higher learning preceded this position.

He 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. His efforts at the University of Akron which resulted in the creation of living/learning communities were so remarkable that they received national recognition and are currently competing for the “Campus of the Year” award from Campus Activities magazine.

His UMBC work provided much of the foundation for these later achievements. Three of his key 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.

Dr. Fey received his EdD in the administration of higher education from Texas A&M University and 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.