Dean, UNF Division of Continuing Education

Dr. Edythe Abdullah

About the Speaker

Edythe M. Abdullah has 30 years of experience in higher education. She worked in higher education for 25 years at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) at which she was the former Campus President of the Downtown Campus in Jacksonville. Her accomplishments at FSCJ include overseeing the development of the Advanced Technology Center, “Pathways Academy Charter School,” and securing millions of dollars in grants and in-kind contributions for workforce development and underrepresented students at the college. She sat on numerous national advisory councils, including the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers and the National Advisory Council for Job Corps. Before moving to New Jersey, Dr. Abdullah served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Florida and chaired the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.’s study on adult literacy and its impact on economic development.

In 2010, Dr. Abdullah left FSCJ to become President of Essex County College (ECC) where she was the sixth, and first female, President of ECC. As President, she was instrumental in bringing the United Negro College Fund’s popular Empower Me Tour to ECC and achieving Middle States Reaffirmation. In Newark, she served on the boards of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, the Newark Alliance, and the Newark Youth Policy Board. She served on the executive committee for the Council for Higher Education in Newark (CHEN) and on leadership committees for the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC) and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council (NJPC). She is also a member of Leadership New Jersey and Leadership Jacksonville. In March 2012, she was identified as one of the 50 most influential Blacks in New Jersey by Black Village magazine.

Dr. Abdullah is the Dean for University of North Florida’s Continuing Education after serving as the Special Advisor to the President (2013-2015). She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. She also holds a Leadership Certificate in the Management of Lifelong Education from Harvard University. Finally, she is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren.