Higher Education Administrator Brings Over 20 Years of Experience
Amani Jennings has been named the new Dean of Students at Bowie State University (BSU) effective immediately. He will serve as the voice and advocate for students while working closely with Academic Affairs and other departments to ensure that students’ well-being is the foundation of decisions made by BSU administrators.
Jennings brings two decades of higher education executive leadership experience in student affairs including retention, judicial affairs, student development, and academic support to BSU that encompasses budget management, human resource development and higher education policy research.
“Students must be sufficiently supported in all areas of college life and not just in the classroom,” said Dr. Brian Clemmons, BSU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “As Dean of Students, Jennings will also direct, organize and manage student non-academic programs and activities.”
Prior to joining BSU, Jennings was the Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, where he was responsible for the leadership, administration and management of the Office of Dean of Students, Student Affairs, the Counseling Center, Student Life & Engagement, Residence Life and Health Services. He was also responsible for developing comprehensive Title IX policies and procedures for campus community members and overseeing counseling, sexual and gender-based misconduct and student conduct.
“I believe that higher education must rely on innovation and the development of new best practices to meet the unique challenges facing the industry,” said Jennings. “My mission is to support BSU’s graduation of highly employable global citizens by developing a campus environment that blends the academic experience with career competencies and the success skills attained through transformative leadership,” he said.
“Bowie State University is honored to have Amani Jennings join our team,” said Dr. Clemmons. “I believe Amani will do great things at BSU and confident he will be the partner and leader our students need as Dean of Students.”
Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in basic and urban education from Jersey City State College. He is a candidate to receive his Ph.D. in Educational Management from Hampton University.