On April 2nd the Campus Compact Board of Directors announced that Dr. Andrew Seligsohn has been appointed the next president of the organization, effective June 2014. He succeeds Maureen F. Curley who is retiring after serving in the role since 2006. Seligsohn currently serves as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden.
“On behalf of everyone involved with Campus Compact, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Andrew Seligsohn as our 5th president. Campus Compact was founded in 1985 with the intent to encourage and support service learning and community involvement among our nation’s college and university students. Today, the concepts of service learning and student involvement are a way of life on most campuses,” stated Dr. James B. Dworkin, Chancellor of Purdue University North Central and chair of the Campus Compact Board of Directors. “Dr. Seligsohn’s accomplishments as a faculty member and administrator confirm that he is the perfect choice to lead Campus Compact as it looks forward to implementing a new strategic plan. His work at Rutgers–Camden has given him the essential experience to understand Campus Compact’s pivotol role and help it to have an even stronger impact on higher education through civic engagement in the years to come.”
As Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement at Rutgers–Camden, Seligsohn oversaw the comprehensive leveraging of resources to positively impact and integrate students and faculty with the community. The programs that have been implemented under his leadership align closely with the strategic priorities of the Compact. During his time at Rutgers-Camden, he has worked with Camden City Public Schools to create the Rutgers North Camden Schools Partnership – an afternoon and summer program which serves hundreds of students across three public schools in Camden, NJ. Additionally, he has worked across the campus to develop a framework for enhancing the impact of the school’s civic engagement efforts in a focused manner.
His leadership at Rutgers–Camden was also integral in advancing college access and success for under-represented students by creating a home in the Office of Civic Engagement for the Hill Family Center for College Access and the Rutgers Future Scholars. Both programs provide support for first-generation students as they prepare for, apply to, and embark on post-secondary educational opportunities.
“Andrew is a remarkable leader in the civic engagement field. He articulates a clear and inspiring vision for universities, our students and our community partners. Campus Compact is fortunate to have found another gifted president to guide us around our national and statewide goals,” remarked Dr. Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College and incoming Campus Compact board chair.
Additionally at Rutgers–Camden, he has advanced the campus’ strategic planning efforts. His commitment to open dialogue has positioned the school to complete a solid blueprint for its future.
Prior to Rutgers–Camden, Seligsohn was the Director of Civic Engagement Learning at Princeton University. He also served as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Hartwick College from 2001-2007, where he earned tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor.
Seligsohn holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Williams College. He also serves on the board of directors for several community organizations in the Trenton and Camden, NJ areas.
UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary Miller Joins National Campus Compact Board
In March 2014, Dr. Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington Chancellor and current NC Campus Compact Executive Board member, was appointed to the national Campus Compact Board of Directors. His term will begin July 1, 2014. Dr. Miller is the fourth chancellor and seventh leader of UNC WIlmington. Dr. Miller incorporates his own learning experiences as a student at the College of William and Mary with his decades of service in higher education as a faculty member at Mississippi State University, Weber State University and the University of Mississippi; a dean at the University of the Pacific; and the provost and vice president of academic affairs and research at Wichita State University.
At UNCW, Dr. Miller is building upon a legacy of nationally recognized academic and research programs while instituting a strategic vision around three key values: a love of place, the journey of learning, and the power of innovation. Dr. Miller is also promoting diversity, community partnerships, and entrepreneurship as ways for the university to “invent the future.”
Dr. Miller, a Virginia native, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. He is an ecologist who has written more than 40 articles and essays about research and higher education, edited a scientific journal, and co-authored the fourth edition of Ecology, one of the most widely used scientific textbooks on the subject.
Dr. Miller serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee for Economic and Workforce Development. He also participated as a member of the task force that developed the student learning outcomes component of the Voluntary System of Accountability, a joint project of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and AASCU. He is a member of the National College and University Advisory Council of the Educational Testing Service. In October of 2012, Dr. Miller was invited to the White House to participate in a forum, The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Focus, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
He is married to Georgia Nix Miller. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Nido Qubein is Next NC Campus Compact Executive Board Chair
In February 2014 NC Campus Compact announced that Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, will become the new Executive Board Chair, effective July 1, 2014. Read more here.