Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins
A native of the District of Columbia, after leaving high school and serving in the United States Army, Jenkins earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Fayetteville State University, a Master’s from North Carolina Central University, and his Ph.D. in Student Affairs from Virginia Tech University. Jenkins has 20 years of experience as an administrator and instructor in higher education.
Jenkins began his career at Jackson State University, in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Thereafter, returned to Virginia Tech where we worked in residence life and later joined the Office of the Dean of Students. He remained at the university until 2002 when he became assistant dean of students of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). Jenkins later became the associate dean of student for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In 2007, Jenkins was tapped to serve as the dean of student for the University of Houston. Currently, Jenkins serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).
Jenkins has enhanced the quality of campus life and the college experience for students at every university he has worked. More specifically, he has developed comprehensive retention and enrollment plans yielding stronger academic profiles for incoming students as well as higher retention and graduation rates. He has created and implemented Behavioral Assessment Teams to address mental health related behaviors, strengthened student conduct process, crisis management protocols and procedures, developed student success centers, comprehensive transition programs, and academic early referral programs.
Jenkins is a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), and the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Also, he serves as a board member for NASPA Region II; he is on the board of directors for the I.C.A.R.E. Foundation, and a Student Affairs evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Jenkins, has written and delivered papers and presentations on a wide array of educational and public policy issues, including state funding, mentoring, retention, academic success, enrollment management, strategic planning, diversity, African American males, leadership, and first generation college students. Jenkins has generated nearly $900,000 in grant funding.
He is profound orator and motivational speaker who has delivered keynote addresses to numerous national for-profit and non-Profit organizations, as well as commencements and high schools throughout the nation (i.e., District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas). Jenkins is the recipient of a number of awards and honors; Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Administrator, Mentor of the Year, and Influential Administrator – to name a few. He has been honored for his commitment to student leadership and mentoring; thus, receiving awards from Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, Order of Omega, the National Greek Leadership Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
As an academic leader, Jenkins believes in the power of education to transform lives. He champions the university as a haven of reasoned debate with the responsibility to develop students holistically and prepare them to become informed, conscientious citizens. He has spent his career advocating for students and pursuing access to higher education for all students especially underrepresented groups.