Belmont today named Edward “Ed” Magee as Vice President for Strategic Operations, a new role that will be responsible for connecting the work of major University initiatives including the Belmont Data Collaborative, Belmont Innovation Labs, Story Studio and the Office of Educational Innovation. This work will enable creative synergies among these important initiatives and will support effective implementation and execution. Magee will begin his new role at Belmont on February 13.
Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones said, “We are excited to welcome Ed Magee to Belmont in a role that will support our growing and ongoing efforts to impact the world in meaningful ways. His demonstrated commitment to creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial thinking—and his impressive experience focused on operational excellence—provide an incredible foundation for all that Belmont is working toward as we seek to impact human and community flourishing.”
“Belmont exemplifies everything that great communities are built upon—values, stewardship and a sense of belonging to something much greater than self,” Ed Magee said. “I could not be more thrilled to join this incredible and growing team.”
In addition to his role as VP, Magee will serve as Executive-in-Residence for the Massey College of Business where he will provide teaching and leadership across a variety of College areas including degree programs. He will work alongside the College’s leadership team to consider how Belmont can continue to play a strong role in developing innovative approaches for the business community and beyond.
“Ed’s many years of experience, his incredible career and his commitment to pursuing success that is steeped in ethical leadership make him an exemplary model for our students and our entire community,” said Dr. Sarah Gardial, Dean of Belmont’s Massey College of Business. “I am grateful for the insight and wisdom he will bring to our team as we seek to educate and train the next generation of business leaders who are equipped to make the world a better place.”
Most recently, Magee served as the Executive Vice President of Operations at Fender, a privately held musical instruments company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. In this role he directed every aspect of manufacturing, sustainability, new product innovation, supply chain, logistics, distribution and more. Prior to his time at Fender, Magee was a senior executive at Harley-Davidson where he oversaw production facilities and led transformational efforts throughout the organization’s workforce.
In addition to his extensive career in management, Magee has served on a variety of non-profit boards including the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the Fender Play Foundation (Co-President), the Boys & Girls Club of Metro LA (Secretary) and in an advisory role for the National Association of Manufacturers “Heroes MAKE America” Veterans Transition Program. He is a Diversity MBA Magazine Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Education Leaders and a Savoy Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America honoree. Ed also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC) and serves on the Audit and Finance committees.
Magee is a combat veteran who holds a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy.