Mara Jefferson Appointed Campus President for SAU-Charlotte

Written by Lee Anne Hanke

Mara Jefferson, MBA, ME appointed Campus President for

St. Andrews University – Charlotte, a Branch of Webber International University

Babson Park, Florida

For Immediate Release


Mara Jefferson, MBA, ME has been appointed the Campus President for St. Andrews University – Charlotte, effective immediately.  Part of the university’s plan to bring high quality, face to face higher education to working adults in locations near them and on their schedule, the Charlotte campus offer relevant and in demand degrees at both the undergraduate and masters levels.

Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Education degree.  As will be the case for many of her students, she earned both advanced degrees earned while working full time.

Prior to joining St. Andrews – Charlotte, Jefferson last served as Strayer University’s Senior Manager for the Atlanta, Memphis-Little Rock, Tennessee, Northern Gulf Coast regions, after having served for a number of years as an award winning Campus Director for Strayer’s Memphis campus.  She began her career in higher education as an Admissions Officer at Strayer’s Charlotte campus where she rapidly advanced to Admissions Manager.

Said Jefferson “I’m excited about engaging with Charlotte to build partnerships in which students advance their careers and businesses improve the capacities and capabilities of their workforce.  It’s the ultimate win-win for our students and for our business community.”

Said Dr. Keith Wade, the University’s President and CEO to whom Jefferson reports “We’ve got two sprawling residential campuses which feel like resorts – parklike grounds that seem to go on forever, meandering lake fronts, lots of trees for kids to study under on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  And we’ve got a hard hitting on-line program offering a number of degrees on an accelerated timeline.  Both of those modes of education are perfect for some. For others, our metropolitan campuses are designed to be near where people are working and to operate around working students’ schedules, delivering skills today our students can use on their jobs tomorrow, while helping them build powerful networks of other professionals.  For our students we want to be the pipeline to better careers; for our neighbors we want to be the pipeline for incredible talent.  We’re bullish on in-face higher education for working professionals and we’re bullish on Charlotte. And I can’t think of anyone better than Ms. Jefferson to accelerate our Charlotte campus into a major part of Charlotte’s continued success. ”

Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws, and America’s second school of business for women, our campuses in Babson Park, FL (residential); Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; Laurinburg, NC (residential); Miami Lakes, FL (opening 2021); Pinehurst, NC; and West Palm Beach, FL (opening 2021) now educate men and women from over 50 different nations.  Degrees are offered at the associates, bachelors, and masters level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats.  Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University is an historically Presbyterian, comprehensive liberal arts school tracing its roots back to 1896. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities.  The University has been recognized as a US News and World Reports Best Regional Colleges: South, a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College, and has earned Petersons’ top marks for academics, value and community. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and numerous programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations.