Thomas Edison State University appointed two new leaders that will further the University’s commitment to its mission of delivering high quality education to adult learners while also deepening its relationships with the greater Trenton community and the state of New Jersey.
Deb D’Arcangelo has been appointed chief advancement officer and vice president of the University Foundation while Dr. Malcolm K. Oliver has been chosen as the next dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service.
“I am pleased to have two highly talented and qualified individuals for these critical roles,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president of Thomas Edison State University. “As we head into our 50th Anniversary in 2022, these two positions will join an outstanding TESU team as we prepare for the next 50 years of empowering adults, changing lives and building our workforce.”
D’Arcangelo will play a critical role in building and sustaining meaningful relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations to enhance University support. Serving on the President’s Cabinet, the chief advancement officer is the university’s senior fund and friend raiser and the primary liaison to the TESU Foundation Board of Directors. She will oversee annual giving, major gifts and alumni relations.
A resident of Trenton, most recently D’Arcangelo served as chief executive officer for the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and has significant fundraising and board governance experience throughout her career. Her past employers include J.P. Morgan, The Lawrenceville School and Isles, Inc. She has served on the boards of Phillips Exeter Academy, I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation, among others. D’Arcangelo currently is a board member of New Jersey Policy Perspective and an executive committee member of the NAACP-Trenton Chapter. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University.
“I have a deep appreciation of the Thomas Edison State University mission and look forward to supporting all of its wonderful programs, from the certificate programs to doctorial-level degrees,” D’Arcangelo said. “It will be an honor to work on behalf of the university’s alumni and to engage the local and regional community in support of this important institution, which I have admired for decades.”
Most recently Oliver served as associate dean for the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. He has also served as a graduate program director at California Lutheran University, National Louis University and The College of New Rochelle, in addition to hands on applied experience as a city planner and development coordinator.
“As dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service, Oliver will build upon the school’s commitment to applied public service as he leads the school’s strategic direction, academic programming and community engagement,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Oliver’s extensive public sector administrative experience gives him insight into all facets of community development that will directly enhance TESU’s academic programming. With a PhD in Public and Urban Administration from the University of Texas, Arlington, he embodies lifelong learner values and will complete a Master of Science in Instructional Technology this summer from the New York Institute of Technology.
“I look forward to leading the John S. Watson School of Public Service into a prosperous and impactful future,” Oliver said. “As a school of innovation, information and policy formulation, our mission will be to strengthen the capacity of people and organizations working in pursuit of public interest.”
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