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President - Stockton University

Stockton University
Galloway - Main Campus

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Title:President - Stockton University Requisition Code:S2200559 Location:Galloway - Main Campus Job Category:Management Posted Date:09/29/2022 Closing Date:12/07/2022 Overview:

The Board of Trustees of Stockton University (Stockton) is seeking nominations and applications for a collaborative, visionary and student-centered leader to serve as its next president. The next president will succeed Dr. Harvey Kesselman, who will be retiring as president June 30, 2023, after a five-decades-long tenure of extraordinary contributions to the university in a variety of leadership roles.

Founded in 1969, Stockton University consistently ranks among the nation’s finest educational institutions and among the top 100 public institutions in the U.S. Stockton proudly offers the academic, technological and cultural advantages of a large institution combined with the community spirit of a small liberal arts college. Stockton is noted for combining an outstanding interdisciplinary approach to graduate and undergraduate education with all the qualities of an outstanding employer. Located one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City, the university offers unique living and learning environments throughout southern New Jersey, including the 1,600-acre Galloway campus in the Pinelands National Reserve and Stockton University Atlantic City, located in the University District, just steps from the beach and the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk.

With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 700 full-time and part-time faculty members, Stockton offers more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs in its seven academic schools, as well as continuing education opportunities, in a primarily in-person learning environment. Stockton thrives as a distinctive institution, providing a diverse, values-based, student-centered environment of exceptional teaching and learning. With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, Stockton is among the Top 100 Public National Universities according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings.


Stockton’s next president will engage the entire community in building on its strategic planning efforts to develop a clear, inspiring vision for the future of the university. Additional short- and long-term priorities for the future of Stockton include continuing to support student success programs and outcomes; building and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community; strengthening academic excellence through the recruitment, retention and engagement of outstanding faculty; and building sustainable, productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.

The successful candidate must also be a proven strategic thinker who, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, is able to develop, articulate and execute a well-defined academic and scholarly vision for the future of Stockton University and its role in the southern New Jersey region. The incoming president should be an innovative and results-oriented thought leader who possesses integrity and honesty and exhibits the highest ethical standards. The ability to build strong interpersonal relationships with alumni, donors, business and industry leaders and government representatives will be critical for the new president’s success. The president should possess the academic credentials needed to secure the respect of faculty, students, staff, stakeholders and the community Stockton serves.

How To Apply:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Stockton University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 7, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D.,

Jessica Herrington and Kim Migoya

[email protected]

Stockton University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants, visit; Additionally, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Stockton University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.

Please note:

  • All offers of employment are contingent upon a favorable background check, which may include social intelligence from a consumer reporting agency.
  • Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources (Main Campus, J-115) at 609-652-4384, Monday - Friday between 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.
  • Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act), prospective employees may access Stockton’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) at The ASFSR contains the previous three years of reported Clery Act crime statistics, fire safety information and information regarding campus and personal safety. If you would like a paper copy of the report, please visit the Stockton University Police Department, building 71, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township, NJ, or call 609-652-4390, to request that a copy be mailed to you.



Working at Stockton University 

Stockton University is one of America’s most distinctive public universities, consistently ranking among the nation’s finest educational institutions. This distinguished college of arts, sciences and professional studies is noted for exceptional program offerings and an interdisciplinary approach to learning, while also providing students with a diverse, high-quality student, faculty and staff population.

The main campus is located on nearly 2,000 acres of the beautiful Pinelands National Reserve, with additional instructional sites in Atlantic City, Hammonton and Manahawkin.

Although young, founded in 1969, Stockton already has a tradition of anticipating and leading changes that other universities and colleges follow. Stockton offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, and a doctoral degree program, all designed to challenge the best and the brightest: our students. We also offer many of the academic, technological and cultural advantages of a large university, but with the community spirit typical of smaller colleges.

Students (Fall 2012)

  • 8,400 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • 1,003 first-time freshmen
  • 1,067 transfer  students


  • Noted for our distinguished faculty, including Stephen Dunn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Wendel A. White, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003
  • 95% of our professors hold the highest degree in their field

Special Recognition

  • Ranked once again among the Best Universities/Master's in the North (2013) by U.S. News and World Report, Stockton was named among this category's Top 50 (47th) and is among the Top-15 public institutions (11th).
  • Classified as a "highly selective college" by the Princeton Review.
  • Environmental Studies and Marine Science programs were selected by Peterson's Guides and the Alliance for Environmental Education for inclusion in Education for the Earth: A Guide to Top Environmental Studies Programs.
  • The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Research Center fosters research in holocaust studies to honor victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and to educate present and future generations in understanding racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and oppression.
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