Dr. Harvey Kesselman ('79)
President and Ex-Officio
Dr. Harvey Kesselman is the fifth President of Stockton University and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. His leadership roles at Stockton include: Provost and Executive Vice President; Dean, School of Education; Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance; CEO of the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC); and Vice President for Student Affairs.
In addition to his positions at Stockton, Dr. Kesselman is involved in many national academic organizations. He serves on both the Board of Directors of the American Council of Education’s Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) and on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Higher Education Advisory Council. He is a frequent presenter at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
Dr. Kesselman has been active in the New Jersey educational landscape for many years. He has been appointed by five different governors to serve as the senior college representative on a number of authorities, committees and task forces. He served on the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), which oversees New Jersey's $1 billion student financial aid program. He has been the senior public college representative on that board since the mid-1990s.
Dr. Kesselman served on the Governor's Task Force to improve the NJ STARS program; participated on the New Jersey College and Career Readiness Task Force; advised the New Jersey College and University Presidents' Council regarding accountability and assessment; represented the senior public colleges and universities in the NJ Committee of Experts on Campus Sexual Assault Issues; served as one of six representatives appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education to author and develop the NJ Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) statewide data and monitoring system; founded and chaired the SRI & ETTC Consortium, which includes more than 90 school districts throughout New Jersey; and serves as a reviewer for the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education
Kesselman also has served on numerous national grant reviews, authored and promoted policies for legislation, maintains a strong record of successful grant preparation, and continues to serve as a consultant and speaker. He is actively involved in his community, having been elected to Township Committee, the School Board, and has been appointed to various other community and civic organizations.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockton, his master’s degree in Student Personnel Services/Counseling from Rowan University, and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Widener University.