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Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman makes the news

It is hard to imagine the University of Stockton without Dr. Harvey Kesselman as an integral part. However, we have learned and confirmed that this day is approaching in the not too distant future.

To date, there has never been a single day in Stockton’s existence without Kesselman being a part of it.

Kesselman was a member of Stockton State College’s inaugural class in 1971.

Kesselman, 71, is the first Stockton alum to become its president.

In over four decades of honorable service, Kesselman has never left Stockton from his first day as a student to the present day, while serving in every leadership position in every major division in the history of the league. school, including:

  • President
  • Acting President
  • Provost
  • Executive Vice President
  • Acting Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dean of the School of Education

When you add it all up, it makes Kesselman the most recognizable and famous alumnus in the history of the University of Stockton.

Kesselman is also undeniably Stockton University’s most accomplished ambassador.

When I walked into Stockton when it opened in 1971 at the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City, the idea that I would eventually become its president was
beyond anything I could imagine or even contemplate. Yet it happened, and I’m the luckiest person in the world because of it –

Harvey Kesselman.

We’ll be visiting the air with Kesselman tomorrow, Thursday, July 21, 2022, in a rare two-hour program interview from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

In this wide-ranging live interview, we will discuss the past, present and future of Stockton and Kesselman University.

Kesselman is the 5th president in the history of the University of Stockton.

Kesselman has always shown excellent judgment and knows that the time to leave as full-time president is about a year away.

“I’ve always said George Washington was right: eight years as president, then handing over to the next generation,” Kesselman said.

I had the privilege of seeing Kesselman up close. His work ethic is unmatched. He gets up very early every day and he is one of the most responsive CEOs you can find in life.

If you text Kesselman, you’ll always hear right away. Write him an email and it’s more or less the same. Kesselman embodies my late father’s doctrine that “If you want something done right…you have to give it to a busy person…other people don’t have time.”

It’s surreal to write this, however, on June 30, 2023, Kesselman will officially become President Emeritus and Professor of Education at the University of Stockton.

I had a head start processing Kesselman’s decision and it still doesn’t feel right. There are some special people in life that you just don’t want to see go.

Here’s what Kesselman has to say about his time at Stockton University.

“My philosophy is simple: students first, then vision and mission follow. Bricks and mortar are
incredibly important, but we’re here for the students,” Kesselman said.

During our (off-air) interview, Kesselman did some introspection on his more than 40-year journey.

“When I became president, I promised to make Stockton’s degree more valuable every day. I believe the record will show that I delivered on that promise.

“There has never been a job I’ve held that I haven’t loved. That’s what has kept me here since our founding.

“One of the greatest honors of my career has been being elected president of all college and university presidents in the state of New Jersey.”

“Helping to transition Stockton to national university status has been incredibly satisfying,” Kesselman said.

Kesselman has supreme skills in building relationships and honing the art of effective collaboration.

One such relationship is the one Kesselman forged with former New Jersey senator Bill Gormley. The two have worked on many projects which have benefited Stockton University to date.

Of Kesselman, Gormley said:

Harvey has created a campus (Atlantic City), which is the envy of cities across the country –

Senator Bill Gormley

Steve Sweeney, former President of the New Jersey Senate, Harvey Kesselman and Senator Bill Gormley

Steve Sweeney, former President of the New Jersey Senate, Harvey Kesselman and Senator Bill Gormley

Current New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina said of Kesselman:

“Since assuming the role of 5th President of Stockton University in 2016, Dr. Kesselman has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of education, to empower his students to be the best versions themselves and to transform Stockton into the leading university it is today,” said Polistine.

“Harvey’s vision for Stockton University was not just to better the college, but to better the community and Atlantic County as a whole.”

“Harvey brought Stockton back to Atlantic City and, with him, paved the way for a one-of-a-kind college experience and a vision for the city’s future.”

“I want to congratulate Harvey on his planned retirement and thank him for his service to Stockton and Atlantic County,” Polistina concluded.

Kesselman is the kind of person who doesn’t mark the time, he makes the difference. You can expect to see Kesselman cross the finish line in his final 11 months as president of the University of Stockton.

As for what Kesselman would like to accomplish over the next 338 days:

“There is still a lot to do. For example, to do
certain that we complete phase II of Atlantic City by the next
summer and within budget.

“We will begin serious discussions regarding Phases III and IV in Atlantic City. Commence expansion of the Sports Center (Big Blue) and complete the Galloway Multicultural Centre. »

“Develop a number of new academic programs such as eSports in Atlantic City. Host major sporting events such as a world indoor rowing championship (erg-a-thon)
and organizing the high school basketball championship
tournaments. »

“I would love to at least make the Final Four in NCAA Division III basketball.”

“So so many other projects that I would love to see come to fruition over the next year. Truth be told, the president’s job is never done. One thing is for sure, when I pass the baton, the next president will have a plate full of initiatives to choose from,” Kesselman concluded.

Don’t be surprised by this ambitious agenda, because in this precious game of life, you can often accomplish so much because you only have a fixed amount of time left to complete the desired goals and tasks.

Exercising a point of personal privilege, I would like to add that I do not see Kesselman stepping down from his presidency of Stockton until he has achieved the start of a “Block 21” dream.

“Block 21” is a beachfront property in Atlantic City, across from the Stockton dorms. Kesselman has been a driving force in pursuing this vision.

The University of Stockton currently has around 10,000 enrolled students, with sprawling campuses in both Galloway Township and the lavish Atlantic City campus.


President Kesselman received his doctorate in higher education
Widener University Educational Administration, its
holds a Masters in Student Services/Counselling from Rowan University, a Bachelors in Political Science from Stockton, and a Full Professor at Stockton’s School of Education.

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