TROY—Troy University officials announced Friday the appointment of Dr. Judson Edwards as dean of the Sorrell College of Business.
The announcement came from Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor, to the University’s Board of Trustees during its meeting in Hawkins Hall.
Dr. Edwards, has been an associate professor of economics and director of the University’s Center International Business and Economic Development since joining TROY in 2006.
“Dr. Edwards has the vision to lead the Sorrell College of Business into an ever-changing global economy,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “His commitment to exposing our students to this environment, combined with his experience in the academic world, public sector and private enterprise, will move us forward.”
An undergraduate alumnus of TROY, Dr. Edwards earned a master of science in economic development and a doctorate in international development from The University of Southern Mississippi. Before returning to his alma mater, he served as tenure-track faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi and the University of North Dakota. While at Southern Miss, he directed the economic development master’s degree program and led numerous applied research projects for economic development organizations and industry.
“This young man has outstanding leadership skills and we’re fortunate to have him in this new role,” said Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. “We’re very excited about him taking this new role as dean.”
Outside of academia, Dr. Edwards serves on the board of The Council for Community and Economic Research and is a member of the Agriculture Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His professional experience includes numerous leadership positions in economic development organizations to include director of research for the Lamar County (Miss.) Economic Development District and director of Economic Development and Planning for City of Phenix City, Alabama.
“Throughout the Sorrell College, we have quality faculty who understand that success in teaching, research and outreach is dependent on our ability to build meaningful relationships with business and industry,” Dr. Edwards said. “I plan to work closely with our faculty to foster an environment in which new ideas and new initiatives can come forward that will help us continue to develop students who are prepared for the global business environment of the 21st Century.”
Dr. Edwards has on-going business consultations with various local, state and regional governments and private industry. He holds national certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional.
“Keeping our educational philosophy centered on the ‘real world’ of business, gives us the ability to make significant contributions in the communities we serve,” he said.