By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CARNEY’S POINT, N.J. – Salem Community College has named Stephen J. Ampersand as Dean of Student Services.
A higher education professional since 2005, the New Jersey native has served in leadership positions at Cecil College in Maryland, Delaware State University and, most recently, at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). As Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at HACC, he re-aligned the athletics department to a college-wide Office of Student Affairs, led the reorganization of the counseling and advising department to improve student retention, and championed an early college academy program for students of an underserved school district.
“Salem Community College is fortunate to hire someone of Stephen’s extensive background,” College President Michael Gorman said in a press release from the college. “His experience in leading student services divisions will be a tremendous asset.”
Ampersand said that was looking forward to working with the SCC educational community.
“A community college education is the most effective way to positively change family trees through higher education,” Ampersand said. “I am eager to come home and join my colleagues at SCC in helping students realize their educational goals and vocational aspirations.”
Ampersand is a doctoral student in Leadership for Organizations at the University of Dayton. He earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University, and bachelor’s and associate degrees in Business Administration from Peirce College in Philadelphia.
The appointment follows a nationwide search that attracted 77 candidates. Dean of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer Ken Robell chaired the nine-person search committee. The College community met the five finalists during campus visits in February.
An active community volunteer throughout his career, Ampersand began on March 21.
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