Edmonds to head Georgian Court’s school of business, digital media

Georgian Court University in Lakewood announced Thursday that Jennifer Edmonds has been named the new dean of its School of Business and Digital Media.

Edmonds, who has nearly two decades of business leadership experience, previously served as the associate dean and director of the MBA programs at the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University.

“Dr. Edmonds is innovative and creative in her approach to ensuring students and faculty succeed,” Janice Warner, interim provost, said. “She also brings an extraordinary commitment to detail and data—likely because of her background as a chemical engineer. 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.”

As a faculty member, Edmonds has taught courses in statics and operations management, and management science and information systems.

Edmonds said the university’s size, with more than 2,400 students, is what drew her to accept the role.

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

Edmonds earned her doctoral degree in management science and her MBA at Rutgers University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.