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“I owe a lot of people.” – Dr. Anthony Jenkins
Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., West Virginia State University’s 11th President effective July 1, 2016, is an established higher education leader committed to advocating for students and creating opportunity to higher education for all students, especially culturally under-represented groups.
Born in Washington D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct.
Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.
Jenkins began his path to West Virginia State University as a United States Army veteran and first-generation college graduate. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech University, a Master of Science degree from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree from Fayetteville State University.
Prior to leading the State family, Jenkins served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and, most recently, as the Senior Associate Vice President for the University of Central Florida – the nation’s second largest university. His career includes serving at Jackson State University, thereafter joining Virginia Tech’s Housing and Residence Life and later the Office of the Dean of Students. He remained at Virginia Tech until becoming the Assistant Dean of Students at Northeastern Illinois University. He later served as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; and was recruited to serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
A supporter of quality higher education, he has served as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He has been inducted into several of the most prestigious academic honor, business and leadership societies in the nation: Alpha Kappa Psi; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; and Order of Omega.
Jenkins is married to Toinette Jenkins and they have two daughters.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER:
- The benefits of letting your children taste failure
- The importance of mentors
- Why you should define your own definition of success
- The difference between a leader and a manager and a
- The five essential qualities of a good leader
- The greatest compliment a parent can give a University
- How first generation college graduates break generational cycles
- Why families should give strong consideration to a state college
- The expectation President Jenkins has of West Virginia State graduates
- How the perception of two year college institutions have changed
- Why West Virginia State implemented the Straight 2 State program
- How running a university is like being the CEO of a company
- The myth of high cost education
- What factors students should consider when selecting a college
- and so much more
THEY SAID IT BEST
“I realized that everything she was doing, she was not doing it for herself, she was doing it for us.
“An educated person will always find opportunity to succeed.
“A people hire A people, B people hire C people.
“Size nor location should dictate your level of success.
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