Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.
This week’s Chancellor or President: Marion Fedrick, Albany State University
Marion Fedrick was appointed interim president of Albany State University on Feb. 1, 2018. She initially joined the university’s administration as interim executive vice president on Oct 16, 2017.
Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including an assessment designed to improve the student experience and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.
Prior to her appointment at Albany State, Fedrick served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia (USG) overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefit programs, and organizational and leadership development initiatives.
She has also served as assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, director of corporate human resources at AT&T, director of compensation and benefits planning at BellSouth, human resources division manager at Emory Healthcare, assistant director of human resources at Clark Atlanta University, and human resources manager at Athens-Clarke County Government.
As assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, Fedrick oversaw the human resources, compensation, and benefits functions for the State of Georgia. She played a key role in developing a strategy for the employee benefits program that resulted in a first-year savings of $3 million. She also led the redesign of the employee benefit package statewide resulting in premium savings of over $20 million in year one anf $5 million in year two.
Marion served in various professional, community, and civic organizations including the trustee for the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia and Client Advisor for Fidelity, AON, and TIAA Cref. She also served on the board of Communities in Schools of Atlanta and is an active member of World at Work, the National Society for Human Resources Management, and the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals. Fedrick is also a volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc., In additional to being an alumna of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Athens, and the United Way VIP Program.
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.
Fedrick received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a certified senior human resources professional. She and her husband, Horace, have one daughter, Sarah, who is in middle school.
About West Virginia State University
Albany State University will be a world-class comprehensive university and a powerful catalyst for the economic growth and development of Southwest Georgia. ASU will be recognized for its innovative and creative delivery of excellent educational programs, broad-based community engagement and public service, and creative scholarship and applied research, all of which enrich the lives of the diverse constituencies served by the University. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.