Associate Chancellor Andrew Seligsohn to Become President of Campus Compact (Wednesday, April 2, 2014)

Dear Colleagues:

It is with profound appreciation and respect for a job well done that I report that Andrew Seligsohn, associate chancellor for civic engagement and strategic planning, has accepted the position of president of the national organization Campus Compact. His last day on campus will be sometime in late May or early June.

Andrew joined the campus community in February 2010.  Under his direction, Rutgers-Camden advanced significantly toward our shared goal of becoming, and becoming known as, a national model for civically engaged universities.

By working collaboratively with our academic and administrative units, as well as our students, alumni, and community stakeholders, Andrew developed a framework for enhancing the impact of our many civic engagement efforts in a focused manner. He worked to create a Faculty Fellows program that, during the past three years, has helped 55 faculty members to better integrate civic learning into their curricula. Similarly, the Civic Scholars program has provided 35 students with innovative and career-building experiences.

As an indicator of our growth in this area, the number of civic learning courses offered on our campus increased from 31 in 2010 to 61 in 2013, while the number of students involved in those courses expanded from 264 to 859.

Andrew was instrumental in securing $1.3 million in funding – largely from the New Jersey Department of Education – that now allows Rutgers-Camden students and faculty to provide a meaningful portfolio of afterschool services to children in three North Camden schools.  His work also has attracted support from such competitive agencies as the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

As associate chancellor for civic engagement and strategic planning, Andrew has helped to advance our campus planning efforts.  His attention to detail and commitment to open dialogue has positioned Rutgers-Camden to complete a solid blueprint for the future of our institution.

Please join me in thanking Andrew Seligsohn for his many contributions to Rutgers-Camden, and in wishing him continued success in his new role as president of Campus Compact.

I am pleased to report that Nyeema Watson has agreed to serve as acting associate chancellor for civic engagement. She will continue to engage in her current work as director of public school partnerships while advancing our campus initiatives across the spectrum of civic engagement.

Wendell E. Pritchett, J.D., Ph.D.

Chancellor

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