|Career Record:||Vanderbilt '70|
|College:||Wake Forest '66|
|Master's Degree:||UNC-Chapel Hill '67|
Named as Shenandoah University's fourth full-time Athletic Director in December 2009, Wayne Edwards brings a lifetime of experience to the position.
Edwards, who took early retirement from Towson University in 2006, came to SU after his service with the 20-member Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission. The Commission serves to bring high-level sports and entertainment events to the City of Baltimore and Edwards served as its Sports Committee Chairman.
In addition, Edwards served as the director of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program Group for Mellenbrook Policy Advisors.
At SU, directs a 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program with more than 70 full- and part-time employees.
From 1995 through 2006, Edwards was the Director of Athletics at Towson University, an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
As the Towson AD, Edwards directed a 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program with 100-plus staff members. Additionally, Edwards spearheaded the Tigers' move into the CAA and Atlantic 10 Football Conference, restructured the department and oversaw the construction of both Johnny Unitas Stadium and John B. Schuerholz (baseball) Park.
During Edwards' tenure, Towson's graduation rate for student-athletes consistently exceeded the rate for the school's general student population with a student-athlete graduation rate of over 70 percent. The department's graduation success rate was also in the top quartile for all NCAA Division I institutions.
Edwards increased membership in Towson's Tiger Club to more than 1200 and annual giving surpassed the $500,000 plateau.
In his short time at Shenandoah, Edwards has directed the department's move from the USA South Conference to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, added two full-time staff members and increased giving levels into the SU Athletic Association.
Additionally, a school-record 108 student-athletes earned Academic All-USA South accolades in 2010-11 with over 230 earning Dean's List honors during that same span.
Prior to Towson, Edwards was the AD at Division II University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 1987-95 and Associate AD at Yale University from 1984-87. During his time as AD at Towson and UMass-Lowell, teams won 21 conference championships and made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances. Two of those teams, the 1988 men's basketball and 1991 men's cross country teams at UMass-Lowell, won national championships.
Edwards, who earned his B.S. from Wake Forest, his Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and his Ed.D. from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, started his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Appalachian State University in 1972. After three years in that position, Edwards was an Associate Professor at East Carolina University until taking the position at Yale.
Edwards is the father of two sons, Chris, a Department of the Interior staff member in San Francisco, and Andy, an academic advisor within the Department of Political Science at Arizona State University. He also has a granddaughter, Jocelyn. He has been married to Cheryl Conrad, a physical therapist, since 1995.