Richard L. Edwards, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Richard L. Edwards

On July 1, 2020, Richard L. Edwards assumed the position of Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Edwards has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served as Interim Provost, and at Rutgers School of Social Work.  At Rutgers, Edwards has served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, as Acting President, and as Chancellor of Rutgers—New Brunswick.

As a scholar, Edwards has studied and written about the management and organizational effectiveness of public-sector and nonprofit organizations. He has been a visiting professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and served as a consultant for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute on the development of gerontology education for professionals in 18 central and eastern European countries.

Edwards is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and served as editor-in-chief of the 19th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, published in 1996. His most recent books include Building A Strong Foundation—Fundraising for Nonprofits and Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals and served for several years as associate editor for North America for Social Work Education: The International Journal and for five years as Editor-in-chief of Human Services Organizations.

A past president of the National Association of Social Workers, Edwards has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his doctorate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Illinois.