JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 31, 2018) – Having earned a distinguished reputation as an inimitable higher education leader and senior administrator, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr. has accepted an appointment as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Matriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin his tenure, effective September 10, 2018 as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.
“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.
As an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership service at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University Of Washington College of Engineering.
“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison said.
As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School.
“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and am enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”
Dr. Calhoun holds Bachelor’s degrees from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, the Master of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the University of Chicago, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington.
Dr. Calhoun is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as an associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.