A Biography of Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Herman Saatkamp became the fourth President of Stockton University in June of 2003. He brings more than 40 years of experience in higher education, research and scholarship, fundraising, and community involvement to the University.
Under Dr. Saatkamp's leadership, the University has more than doubled its unrestricted net assets and increased the assets of its related Foundation more than sevenfold. The Stockton University has ascended in the ranks of the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges” and is now consistently ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities, moving from fourth tier to first within the first three years of Dr. Saatkamp’s presidency. The University is prominent among the Best Universities/Master’s category in the North. In addition to multiplying the University’s fiscal resources and elevating the visibility and national recognition of the University, Dr. Saatkamp’s administration has expanded Stockton’s academic and student services, facilities, and the University’s role within the region, state, and nation. In June 2012, the University received its 10 year reaccreditation, with two commendations - the only New Jersey institution in several years to receive such an acknowledgement.
Together with the students, staff and faculty of the University, President Saatkamp has carefully cultivated growth of the University’s facilities. The most recent developments are the acquisition of the former Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, which is being redeveloped into Stockton's Island Campus, opening of the new 154,000 square foot Campus Center, the acquisition of the historic Seaview Resort in Galloway Township and the historic Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, new educational centers in Manahawkin, Hammonton and Woodbine, a partnership with the Noyes Museum of Art, management of Dante Hall in Atlantic City, expansion and renovation of the Performing Arts Center, and the opening of L-Wing, which includes a two-story art gallery, the Hughes Center for Public Policy, HERO Campaign national offices, classrooms and offices. The completion of the new 65,000 square foot Unified Science Center in 2013 enhances the University's popular math and science degree programs. Additional accomplishments include: adding solar ports, new eco-friendly athletic fields, the extension of the F-Wing building, providing an Internet Café, smart classrooms and faculty offices; six new living-learning residences for students; expansion and naming of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center; the opening of the historic Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City, remodeling of Alton Auditorium and Lakeside Center; the opening of the C-D lounge; and major renovations to the N-Wing building and wings which now house the Schools of Business, Education, and Social and Behavioral Science. Numerous academic programs have expanded including changing academic divisions to schools, the creation of the School of Business and School of Health Sciences, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, the Small Business Development Center, and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism. The expansion of Stockton’s offerings include its first ever doctoral-level degree program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Communication Disorders. The University has established collaborations with Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and a dual degree agreement with Atlantic Cape Community College. A dual degree program has also been established with Philadelphia University for a Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Saatkamp has also sought to increase student engagement as well. Under his leadership, Stockton now regularly offers the Stockton Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR) and two Days of Service engaging students, faculty and staff in serving the needs of the South Jersey region, the lastest one drawing over 500 volunteers.
Dr. Saatkamp continues to leverage Stockton's role as a force of economic growth in the southern New Jersey region through strong positive relationships with fellow educators, elected officials, and civic and business leaders. A recent Stockton Economic Impact study shows the University provides more than $442 million in total economic benefit to the region. Stockton is collaborating with The Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center in the development of a new Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park. Dr. Saatkamp served as Chair of the Board for this project. This collaboration together with Stockton's affiliation with AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation Center enables the University to establish programs and services that are mutually beneficial to the students, the community, workforce and the economic vitality and well-being of New Jersey.
President Saatkamp is a strong supporter of the arts and the cultural community. Keenly aware of Stockton’s leadership role in world-class entertainment and cultural enrichment, the President continues to champion for the Stockton Performing Arts Center, the new Stockton Art Gallery, Stockton's Arts and Humanities programs, Dante Hall in Atlantic City, where the Bay-Atlantic Symphony now has its residency, and the Noyes Museum of Art, with locations in Oceanville, Galloway, Atlantic City and Hammonton and Arts Garage of Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Dr. Saatkamp has served in varying capacities on International, National, State, Regional and Community Boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia. His active membership on national boards include the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III, Presidents Council on Education and Advisory Group. He has been on numerous New Jersey Boards including the Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), Presidents' Council, Statewide Employees' Charitable Campaign, Tourism Policy Council, Board of Examiners, the American Conference on Diversity, Association of Jewish Federation, Commission on Higher Education, Campus Diviersity Initiative, and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In southern New Jersey, Dr. Saatkamp has been involved with the Southern NJ Chamber of Commerce and Development Council, the Aviation Research and Technology Park, Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Atlantic City Rotary Club, Seashore Gardens Living Center, United Way of Atlantic County, and Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. He remains actively involved with many of these boards.
President Saatkamp is also a Professor of Philosophy at Stockton University, a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, and a former Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental & Community Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). He has served as a consultant in electronic publishing, technology use in the humanities, physician counseling, genetic testing, and informed consent. He has also served as a panelist and reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a reviewer for Guggenheim Fellowship proposals. Throughout his extensive travels, he has established research and exchange programs in twelve countries and currently serves as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Dewey Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
He came to the University having previously served as Dean of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics in the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Prior to that time, he was at Texas A&M University where he served as a department head in both the College of Liberal Arts and in the College of Medicine. He began his career at the University of Tampa where he was a dean and held an endowed chair. In Texas and Indiana he helped lead fundraising campaigns that totaled more than $1 billion each.
President Saatkamp earned his B.A. from Carson-Newman College, M.Div. from Southern Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His work has been presented throughout the United States, and internationally in Poland, China, Spain and Mexico. Considered one of the foremost experts on the writings of philosopher, George Santayana, Dr. Saatkamp is Senior and Founding Editor of The Works of George Santayana and on the Editorial Board of Basic Bioethics. For more than two decades he was the General Editor of The Works of George Santayana (MIT Press) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His edited and written works have been published in major academic journals and presses. They have been discussed in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice and The London Review of Books. He is a scholar who has received more than $1 million to support his research. President Saatkamp's publications and edited works include forty eight books and 45 articles. His scholarly articles, in peer review journals, explore American thought, higher education, bioethics, and genetic explanations of complex animal behavior.
A native of Tennessee, Dr. Saatkamp grew up in Knoxville. His wife, Dot’s profession is in special education with a focus on learning disabilities. They have two children, one a physician and the other an engineer, and two granddaughters.