The board of trustees at Felician University in Lodi, New Jersey has named James W. Crawford, III as the sixth president of the university.
Felician University, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, enrolls more than 1,800 undergraduate students and about 400 graduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 20 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Crawford has been serving as interim president of the university since last fall. He is a retired admiral and the 43rd Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy. In the U.S. Navy for more than three decades, Admiral Crawford served under six Presidents and was lead counsel for the principal military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Crawford is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He also holds a master of laws degree in ocean and coastal law from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.