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Charles M. Edmondson
Retiree, University President
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Charles M. Edmondson
B.A.: History: magna cum laude
University of Mississippi

M.A.: History
University of Mississippi

Ph.D.: History
Florida State University

Dr. Charles M. Edmondson became the 13th president of Alfred University on July 1, 2000, after serving as vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, for seven years.

President Edmondson had served Rollins College in various capacities over the past 30 years. Administrative positions included associate provost (1992-93); dean of the Hamilton Holt School (evening programs for adult students, 1991-93); and director of College Planning (1988-90). He joined the faculty at Rollins College in 1970 as an assistant professor of History, and was made a full professor in 1981. His research has focused on the history of the Soviet Union.

President Edmondson was a visiting professor at Wuhan University, Wuchang, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China, in 1983. He was named a Phi Beta Delta International Scholar in 1992, and received a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Relations from the Pew Memorial Trust and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1991-92, and an Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, 1991-92.

In 1989 and 1990, he was director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, and participated in the Fulbright Seminars Abroad Program in its Seminar on Korean Culture and History in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. He has also received numerous awards for distinguished teaching.

After earning his Ph.D., President Edmondson continued his education at the Newberry Library Institute for Family and Community History and at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

While serving as President of Alfred, Dr. Edmondson has been elected as a trustee of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent College Fund, Presidents' Council of the NCAA and President of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference. In addition, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Economic Development Council for Western New York.