Harvey Kesselman is the fifth President of Stockton University. He has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education.
As Stockton's fifth President, Dr. Kesselman is responsible for the executive management and conduct of the University's administrative divisions, academic schools, supervisory departments, and instructional sites. President Kesselman oversees a $228 million budget which serves 1200 faculty and staff and supports 8700 students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dr. Kesselman’s other senior leadership roles at Stockton have included: Provost and Executive Vice President, Dean of the School of Education, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Director of Institutional Research and Planning.
President Kesselman was recently appointed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to serve as a member of the Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). In 2016, he received the Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities.
Dr. Kesselman has been active in the New Jersey educational landscape for several years. He has been appointed by New Jersey governors and state education leaders to provide expertise on several authorities, committees and task forces. Currently, he serves on the Goals and Objectives Committee of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), and is the co-chair of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Campus Compact.
As a former member of the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), Dr. Kesselman helped oversee New Jersey's $1 billion student financial aid program. He also provided his expertise on the Governor's Task Force to improve the NJ STARS program, and helped develop the NJ Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) statewide data and monitoring system.
He has advised the New Jersey College and University Presidents' Council regarding accountability and assessment, and represented the senior public colleges and universities in the NJ Committee of Experts on Campus Sexual Assault Issues. In addition, he founded and chaired the SRI & ETTC Consortium, which includes more than 90 school districts throughout New Jersey.
Dr. Kesselman 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. He is actively involved in his community, including elected positions on the Township Committee and the School Board, and appointed positions to numerous public and civic organizations.
President Kesselman 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.