Edith Fernandez, Ph.D. - Nevada State College

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Edith Fernandez, Ph.D.

Dr. Edith Fernández is a proven administrative professional skilled in building relationships with community leaders, elected and government officials. She has substantial experience in the field of higher education with expertise in institutional research, student success initiatives, and strategic collaborations as well as significant marketing and organizational leadership skills. She has built a reputation as a tireless advocate for postsecondary education. As District Director for Congressman Steven Horsford, she monitored federal legislation and integrated the Congressman’s legislative plan with district activities. Dr. Fernández is known as a self-motivator and efficient at initiating and fully executing tasks. She has been sought out to conceptualize, build, and open new offices across a variety of public industries. Currently, she is an executive leader at Nevada State College as a Vice President.

Her career in higher education spans twenty-five years working with community college and university students with experiences in financial aid, admissions, academic advising, service learning, study abroad, residence life, career services and student life. She has sailed across the world to nine countries with 600 undergraduate students on a ship. Within the Nevada System of Higher Education, she has worked at Nevada Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College as a faculty member and student affairs administrator. She has also worked at the University of Michigan and a premiere Hispanic Serving Institution in Texas overseeing an array of student life programs to include a study abroad and a women’s resource center, student organizations, campus activities board, Greek life and leadership initiatives.

Dr. Fernández is a versant researcher including quantitative and qualitative expertise. She has been a principal investigator for research projects focused on intercultural competence, intercultural learning skills, and civic engagement on a global scale.

As a result of these experiences, Edith has been sought out for numerous keynote engagements and is known for leading inspiring leadership and development trainings. Dr. Fernández has received recognition for excellence in diversity and recipient of Ally of the Year” for her dedication to social justice. She was recently appointed to the Council for the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institute Educators.

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