Fai Howard Promoted to Academic Success Assistant VP

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:53 PM
Fai Howard Promoted to Academic Success Assistant VP by Karlee Dies
The Academic Success Center is located on the second floor of the Baron-Forness Library.

Over break, a lot of changes occurred. One of them in particular was the promotion of Fai Howard to assistant vice president for academic success and student retention by former Edinboro University President Julie Wollman.

Howard became part of the Edinboro university community in 2014 as the director of academic success and Ssudent retention, where she led the Academic Success Center. She has had over 13 years of experience in working in higher education administration and student academic success in higher education.

“In the short time Fai Howard has been at Edinboro, she has greatly demonstrated her knowledge and leadership ability in the area of academic success,” said Dr. Michael J. Hannan, provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a press release. “Her promotion to assistant vice president for academic success and student retention is part of Edinboro’s commitment to further investment in this important area.”

This new role will come with new responsibilities.

“I feel well-prepared and excited about the promotion, as this new role is part of Edinboro’s commitment to ensure our students are successful by design, not by happenstance,” said Howard.

Howard explained that the new role will include overseeing the Learning Commons.

The new Learning Commons is a center that provides “comprehensive academic learning and support services to students,” as stated on the university website, and all in one location: the Baron-Forness Library.

The new Learning Commons includes the Academic Success Center, Center for Career Development, Center for Adult and Transfer Student Services, Office of International Student Services, the Testing Center, and tutoring services as well as the Writing Center located within the facility.

The Learning Commons will be housed on the second floor of the library, as the entire space will soon be under construction for redesigning.

Additionally, Howard will oversee New Student Orientation, the execution of the Starfish Retention Solutions application, and will also work with Trish Hillman on the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

“I love what I do because it positively impacts students and plays a major role in the achievement of a significant life goal,” Howard said.

“I had a wonderful college experience, which included some challenges, but it was the support of the university and the campus environment that supported my success.”

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey in 2002. She continued her education by receiving a Master of Science in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2007. Howard is currently completing her dissertation as a requirement for a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration at VCU.

Looking ahead, Howard feels that, “it’s important (that) students at EU have the support, tools and information needed to make the most out of their college experience and move on to graduate school or enter the professional world.”

“Ms. Howard is keenly in touch with student success practices nationwide and has brought knowledge and energy to her position that will continue to make Edinboro a better place for students to achieve their goals,” added Hannan.

“I enjoy having her as part of my leadership team.”

Karlee Dies is the Managing Editor of News for The Spectator.

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