Fielding Graduate University News

Edelman Named Fielding's VP for A&D

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Oct 27, 2010

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David Edelman has been selected as vice president for Advancement and Development at Fielding Graduate University it was announced by President Richard S. Meyers, PhD. A long-time Santa Barbara resident with a career that included both the business and nonprofit sectors, Edelman will join Fielding’s senior management team to lead the university’s activities in development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation affiliations, community outreach, and external relations.

Edelman worked for 14 years at Cox Communications where he was known as a dynamic and innovative business leader and was responsible for significant growth and successful strategic planning for the company. He was the public spokesperson for Cox and produced and hosted the award-winning “Community Connection” television program that spotlighted local nonprofit organizations. Prior to his positions at Cox, Edelman was executive director at Klein Bottle Youth Programs, a nonprofit organization that served children, youth, and families, where he raised and managed an annual budget of over $4,000,000.

Edelman has an MBA from California Coast University, an MA from California State Northridge, and a BS from SUNY, New York. He is an active supporter of numerous nonprofits as a volunteer and board member. While VP of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, he led their fundraising program through the annual dinner and charity auction. Edelman serves on the boards of Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Nonprofit Support Center and volunteers for United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, and La Casa de Maria.

In announcing Edelman’s appointment, Meyers said “David has had an impressive career in business and contributed so much to Santa Barbara’s community nonprofits. We are delighted he is joining our organization, where he will apply his considerable talent and experience on our behalf, here and everywhere Fielding is represented by students, faculty, and alumni.” 

Chief among Edelman’s responsibilities will be to enhance the university’s profile in the public domain and to expand support for the work undertaken by its network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the advancement of social justice and diversity throughout the world. He will assume the position on November 1, 2010.



Tags: Marketing, advancement, development

Provost Willingham Selected for ACE Institute

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Oct 11, 2010

Fielding Provost Gloria Willingham, PhD, is among the 35 provosts or VPs who were selected for the American Council on Education’s one-year “Chief Academic Officers Institute.” Their first session was held in Berkeley, California; future sessions are scheduled in Florida and in Washington, D.C., at ACE Headquarters.

Other Fielding leaders have had similar relationships with ACE. Former Provost Anna DiStefano, EdD, was an ACE Fellow, and former President Judy Kuipers, PhD, was a member of the ACE board of directors. Fielding’s current President Richard Meyers, PhD, has been involved in ACE in a number of roles during his 35-year career as a college and university president.

Tags: educational leadership, graduate education, ACE

Fielding Prominent Among Diverse's Top 100 Degree Producers

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Oct 05, 2010


Every year the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education produces “Top 100 Degree Producers,” rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The magazine analyzes data submitted by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education to rank the top degree producers by minority categories, by gender, by disciplines, and across disciplines. In July 2010, they published the Top 100 based on the data covering the 2008-09 academic year.

 Fielding Graduate University is consistently prominent in the Top 100 lists and this year was proud to have been ranked in seven categories:

  • Fielding ranked #15 among the 100 universities in the country in the category “Total Minority Doctoral Graduates” in Business, Management, and Marketing. This refers to the graduates of Fielding’s Human & Organizational Development doctoral programs.
  • Fielding’s rank was #18 for “Total Minority, Education,” a category in which the School of Educational Leadership & Change experienced an increase of 122.2% EdD graduates over the previous year.

Other categories in which Fielding stood out in the rankings of doctoral graduates were:

  • Total Minority, All Disciplines Combined
  • African American, Education
  • Hispanic, Education
  • African American, All Disciplines Combined
  • Native American, All Disciplines Combined

Tags: diversity, graduate education