West Chester Resident Named Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Success at Rutgers–Camden

By Mike Sepanic

West Chester, Pa., resident Jason Rivera has been named vice chancellor for student academic success at Rutgers University–Camden.

In this position, Rivera, 42, will lead Rutgers University–Camden’s efforts to promote successful academic outcomes for its undergraduate students by advancing the university’s long-standing culture of support for every student.

Jason Rivera, vice chancellor for student success at Rutgers University–Camden

Jason Rivera has been named the vice chancellor for student success at Rutgers University–Camden.

At Rutgers University-Camden, he will oversee the Learning Center; the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF); TRiO opportunity programs; the Office of Disability Services; and the Leadership Institute. He also will coordinate and implement assessment for Middle States accreditation and provide leadership for the campus General Education program, as well as strategic oversight of experiential learning and summer/winter session operations. He will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders to ensure the continuous improvement of the academic experiences of students.

Prior to joining Rutgers University–Camden, Rivera served as dean of the sophomore class and director of the Intercultural Center, both at Swarthmore College. He previously held a number of positions at Montgomery College in Maryland, where he created the Achieving the Promise Academy to increase the retention and completion rates of African American and Latino students. At the University of Maryland, College Park, he served as assistant director of multiethnic student education.

Rivera is an affiliate of the RISE for Boys and Men of Color national initiative, which is an interdisciplinary effort to advance the lives, experiences, and outcomes of boys and men of color in the United States. His research explores college completion for Latino and African American male students as well as the ways care, capital, and community cultural wealth influence student outcomes, and he has presented his research at conferences nationwide.

Rivera is on the Board of Reviewers for the journal Education and Urban Society and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Latinos and Education.

He earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2015, when he delivered the graduate student commencement speech. He received his master’s degree at CUNY’s College of Staten Island in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree at Manhattanville College in 1997.

Rivera resides in West Chester with his spouse, Ricardo Arrington.

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