EDWARD BURDETTE JOLLEY JR., son of the late Rosetta James Jolley and Edward Burnette Jolley, was born April 1, 1961, in Easton, Maryland. He received his early education in Baltimore City Public Schools and graduated in 1980 from Northwestern High School in Park Heights, Maryland, where he excelled in football and track.
After high school, Edward continued his education, earning the Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and the Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University. Edward enrolled in the Organization and Leadership doctoral program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where his status was ABD (all but dissertation).
Known by his colleagues as “Jolley,” he established himself as a leader at an early age. While a scholar-athlete in high school, he was employed as a manager at the first black owned McDonald’s established in Baltimore City limits.
After graduating from Morgan State University, Jolley began his career with Ernest & Young Accounting firm in the Baltimore office, which began his nearly four-decade career in accounting. He made his mark in higher education, providing financial and business leadership for several highly regarded public and private higher education institutions to include Morgan State University, Eastern Michigan State University, Norfolk State University, St. Paul’s College and Savannah State University, where he served as Vice President from 2007 to 2019.
Jolley was deeply committed to communities where he lived and to the youth of those communities. He has provided leadership on a broad number of non-profit boards to include the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Inc., 100 Black Men of Savannah Inc., The First Tee of Savannah, YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Oglethorpe Charter School. Above all, Jolley was a dedicated husband, father, son, brother, mentor, leader, colleague and friend.
May we never forget his love for God, and family, his humor, his passion for humanity and strive for excellence.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
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Howell Funeral Home Chapel
4600 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21207