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Jennifer Edmonds, Ph.D., to Lead GCU School of Business and Digital Media

Dr. Jennifer Edmonds Business Dean

Jennifer Edmonds, Ph.D., is the new dean of the Georgian Court University School of Business and Digital Media. She most recently served as associate dean and director of the M.B.A. program of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University and brings nearly two decades of business leadership to her role at Georgian Court.

“Dr. Edmonds is innovative and creative in her approach to ensuring students and faculty succeed,” said Interim Provost Janice Warner, Ph.D.

“She also brings an extraordinary commitment to detail and data—likely because of her background as a chemical engineer,” said Dr. Warner. “In addition, she is eager to grow our business and digital media programs in ways that make a big difference for GCU graduates and for employers.”

Beyond business leadership, Dr. Edmonds brings experience in strategic planning, institutional assessment, diversity/multicultural leadership, and student retention. As a faculty member, she has taught courses in statistics and operations management, and management science and information systems. She is also a presenter and avid researcher on many topics, including employee motivation, women’s leadership in business, global commerce, and digital instruction.

Making Connections

Dr. Edmonds was attracted to Georgian Court, in part, because of the unique mix of programs offered by the GCU School of Business and Digital Media. She was intrigued by its structure, where students pursue traditional business majors like accounting and business administration while others seek degrees in graphic design and multimedia or digital communication. There is also the graduate program, the M.B.A., which allows students who majored in many disciplines to develop business skills.

The university’s size, with more than 2,400 students, was a draw for Dr. Edmonds. So were the talented faculty, many of whom conduct research with undergraduate and M.B.A. students.

“I have an affinity for smaller schools where there is a commitment to excellence in teaching, and that’s my strength,” she said.

“Ultimately, what we do in the School of Business and Digital Media—and beyond—is all about making connections. The reality is that everybody integrates media and manages relationships at work,” she said. “Everybody. It’s a logical necessity to understand how people and businesses connect to everything else. That’s where the exciting part comes in. It’s about understanding how those connections can almost always lead to something new and something better.”

Dr. Edmonds earned her doctoral degree in management science and her M.B.A. at Rutgers University. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She lives in Howell, New Jersey, with her family.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.