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Dr. Curtis B. Charles Named TU’s Fifth President

Spring/Summer 2015

“Dr. Charles is a strong leader and a visionary who is passionate about organizational effectiveness and student success. He demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Tiffin University,” said TU Board Chair Claire Johansen.

“I am looking forward to enhancing Tiffin University’s reputation of innovation by inspiring our team of faculty and staff to create transformational academic experiences and provide superior services and support to educate the future,” said Dr. Charles. “The presidency is an opportunity to challenge students.”

Before coming to Tiffin, Dr. Charles was the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation at Fayetteville State University (FSU) in North Carolina. FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina system.

At Fayetteville State, Dr. Charles was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS), a research-enabled center that prepares individuals to address issues of compelling interest to the security of the United States including: Cyber Security Threats, National Security Challenges and Emergency Management. The CDHS enables faculty to team with industry partners to compete for federal contracts and provides collaborative relationships with other institutions and research laboratories. In 2014, the CDHS won $2.6M in national grants and contracts.

Prior to that, Dr. Charles served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at FSU. In that role, his accomplishments included academic strategic planning and program development; developing a campus-wide data analytics assessment system that tied unit outcomes to budgeting to improve student retention, progression and graduation rates; as well as directing military education.

Dr. Charles earned his Master of Science in Architecture Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore. He received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He also is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Education Management, Hampton University Leadership Institute, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative and the Executive Leadership Academy.

Dr. Charles served as the Graduate and Undergraduate Department Head at Morgan State University prior to his tenure at FSU. He also was a faculty member at the University of Miami, Barry University, Howard University and Morgan State University.

In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Charles has served in various corporate positions including IBM’s Strategy and Change Division, where he and his team led strategy engagements in Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. As an entrepreneur, he was the owner of a design-consulting firm that partnered with AT&T, Bell South and others. As a scholar, he is the co-author of two books, Computers in the Professional Practice of Design and Multimedia Marketing for Design Firms.

Tiffin University is excited to welcome Dr. Curtis Charles, his wife, Dr. Kelly Jackson Charles, and their four children to the Tiffin community.