Upperman Center Director
About Todd McFadden
Todd Steven McFadden came to UNCW in the Fall of 2010 as Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (in the Division of Academic Affairs). He is also now an instructor in the Africana Studies program at UNCW. McFadden brings nearly 20 years of experience in higher education to UNC Wilmington. He had previously served as Associate Director of the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University. Prior to this he was Director of the Africana Center at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and before that he was Director of the African American Cultural Center at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. McFadden has also held positions at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. McFadden is the current national President of the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC). He has been on the board of that organization since 1993. His current work in the ABCC is focused on initiating a research agenda that produces and collects work on effective support of African American students in higher education (based on African American identity development theories and student development theories) and establishing best practices for Black cultural centers, multicultural centers, and other ethnic and diversity centers and offices in higher education.
He received his BA in African American Studies and African American Music History at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. McFadden earned an MA in Educational Leadership at West Virginia University in 2004. He intends to pursue an EdD in Educational Leadership in the near future.
McFadden is active in the Wilmington, North Carolina community. In 2012 he was appointed by the City Council of Wilmington to serve on the Wilmington African American History Commission. He also pursues his passion for jazz by serving as a board member of the Cape Fear Jazz Society and performing locally as a jazz guitarist and composer. Recently, he was appointed to the board of trustees for the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.