Freed-Hardeman University President Joe Wiley has announced two administrative changes to enhance the university’s mission. Dr. C.J. Vires, formerly vice president for academics and enrollment management, has been promoted to provost and vice president of academics. In addition to providing leadership for all educational and instructional activities, Vires will assume global responsibilities in the areas of institutional effectiveness, assessment and strategic budgeting.
Wiley also announced the appointment of Matt Vega, J.D., as vice president for enrollment management. Vega began his duties June 1. Wiley said, “We are happy that Dr. Vega believes this is the right time to return to his alma mater and bring his wealth of experience, both in and outside university settings. I’m grateful to Dr. C.J. Vires, who has been serving as vice president of two critical functions of the university, academics and enrollment management. We look forward to the good work our admissions team will continue to do under Matt.”
Vega, who received the juris doctorate from Yale Law School in 1993, is an FHU honors graduate. Formerly dean and professor of law at the Thomas Good Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, Vega has overseen general administration, including academics, admissions, alumni relations, advancement, career services, academic success and student services. His experience prior to Faulkner University includes serving as senior counsel at Federal Express Corporation in Memphis and other companies throughout the Southeast.
Vega is married to the former Jennifer Webster, also an FHU graduate. The couple has three children. Shelby and her husband Seth “Billy” Camp live in Montgomery, Alabama; Anna is a senior at Faulkner University; and Reed will be a freshman at FHU this fall.
Speaking about returning to West Tennessee, Vega said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with colleagues who share my passion for Christian education. Freed-Hardeman has a great story to tell, and I am excited about working with the FHU team to help communicate that message and attract exceptional, mission-driven students."
Freed-Hardeman University, with locations in Henderson, Memphis and Dickson, offers an education from a Christian perspective to approximately 1,850 students. FHU offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 undergraduate majors and 66 programs of study. It also offers master’s degrees, as well as a specialist and a doctoral degree. For almost a century and a half, Freed-Hardeman has combined character and career education to produce graduates prepared to lead in the marketplace, community and church.
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Henderson, TN 38340
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Memphis, TN 38134
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Dickson, TN 37055
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