Shelley Aldridge graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She started at FNU as an Administrative Assistant in January of 1999 and in May of 2002 was promoted to Executive Assistant. In January of 2005 she became the Business Manager of FNU, responsible for the financial and operational management of the school. Aldridge was a key participant in the organization of the university in preparation for its initial accreditation in 2004. In January of 2011 she was promoted to Chief Operations Officer, responsible for the daily operations of FNU including overseeing budgeting and personnel management.
Aldridge is a member of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS), which is a Leadership Network through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Through BONUS she is able to network with others administrators of nursing education and receive education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools. Aldridge is also a member of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), a valuable resource for navigating the higher education workplace.