William E. Hudson Jr. is now Florida A&M University’s Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA).
FAMU President James H. Ammons Ph. D. appointed Hudson to the post recently, believing that Hudson could provide “strong leadership for the Division of Student Affairs,” according to a press statement from the university issued Thursday. Hudson hopes to keep more students at FAMU and increase the graduation rate.
Hudson plans to develop university-wide collaborations to improve customer service by” leveraging technology, improving retention, progression and graduation rates.” “To create the atmosphere of a global community, all stakeholders, students, faculty and staff must be involved; we definitely support a team approach,” Hudson was quoted as saying.
“He has the experience and the background in higher education to help us achieve a level of excellence in the area of student support services,” Ammons was quoted as saying. We look forward to him implementing initiatives that will help our students to become well-rounded citizens and leaders.”
Hudson received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling education from FAMU. He went on to earn a specialist degree in counseling and human services and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from Florida State University.
He has extensive experience counseling students with academic, personal and career issues. He is a specialist in the recruitment and retention of minority students and provides consulting to small colleges and universities. As an adjunct professor at FAMU, he educates students on rehabilitation, disability, vocational training and services, community transition and empowerment.
He is a certified rehabilitation counselor, a member of the American College Counseling Association, National Association of Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the Florida Association Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (FAEOP), among other professional organizations.
“I will work hard and encourage input from students, faculty and staff,” said Hudson. “Positive change does not occur overnight, but in time you will definitely see improvements that will ultimately produce significant results.”