Dr. Ed Roach is Chief Operating Officer of APT, LLC., a new company devoted to enabling professional employees to overcome the pervasive tendency to be paralyzed by the fear of self-promotion, the wide-spread behavioral phenomenon that keeps otherwise talented and motivated professionals from ever earning what they’re worth.
Dr. Roach has held presidencies of two universities, serving as President of The University of West Alabama (UWA) and as President of West Texas State University. He also served as Associate Deputy Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System, coordinating the Strategic Planning process for the System’s seven universities and eight agencies. During his presidency at UWA, Roach oversaw the highly innovative e-campus effort that resulted in the university becoming Alabama’s first totally wireless campus.
He served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Troy University, leading the merger of the Troy State University System, with three separate universities, into one large university of more than 30,000 students named Troy University. He oversaw all academics, which included the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, Education, Communication and Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services; in addition, the Vice Chancellors of Troy Global Campus and the three Alabama campuses in Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City reported to him.
Dr. Roach’s specialization is strategic planning and executive time management. He has lead strategic planning activities in numerous business and educational organizations from a small, privately-held oil company in Texas to the President and Board of Trustees of Crow Canyon Archaeological Society, Cortez, Colorado as well as a university-wide strategic plan for our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, TX). He has conducted time management and leadership workshops for banks, universities, health care providers, and for the Texas Governor’s Executive Development Program. In addition, Roach chaired a committee to develop an MBA program as part of the overall curriculum for a new university being created in the country of Morocco.
Dr. Roach has served on a number of boards during his tenure in Alabama: Alabama’s Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC), serving as chair from 1999-2000; as a member of the Alabama Connecting Classrooms Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) Executive Board for the State of Alabama; and, as a member of the Confucius Institute Board representing Troy University to the People’s Republic of China with Troy University’s Partner University, Hebei Norman University of Science and Technology.
During the summer of 2010, Roach lectured at four Chinese Universities, on topics related to his discipline as well as multiple lectures on the American Higher Education System. In the spring and fall of 2014, Roach conducted invited graduate lectures at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Roach is a member of the REGISTRY for College and University Presidents. The Registry is the nation’s Gold Standard in interim placements, specializing in placing the best-matched interim leaders on campuses across the nation and around the world.