Standing Committees

Board of Trustees committee meetingThere are currently eight (8) standing committees utilized to support the efforts of the Board of Trustees in carrying on the business of the corporate body. Standing Committees report directly to the Board, and are chaired by a member of the Board as designated by the Chairperson. Appointments are for two-year terms; however, they may be subject to change.

Note: The President shall be a member ex-officio of every committee with the exception of the Audit Committee. The Chair of the Board of Trustees shall be an Ex-Officio member of every committee. Standing committees are listed as follows:

Executive, Compensation and Nomination, & Governance Committee

The Executive, Compensation and Nomination, & Governance Committee acts on behalf of the body corporate between meetings of the Board of Trustees, subject to approval of its actions by the Board of Trustees at a subsequent meeting.  The committee reviews pertinent affairs falling under the direction of the Board, helping to support and strengthen the Board’s mission, performance and efficacy.

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Raymond R. Ciccone ('79), CPA, Chair
  • Trustee Andy Dolce, Vice Chair
  • Trustee Nelida Valentin, Secretary
  • Trustee Leo B. Schoffer, Ex-Officio
  • Harvey Kesselman ('79), President and Ex-Officio
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Brian Kowalski, General Counsel

Academic Affairs & Planning Committee

The Academic Affairs & Planning Committee ensures the consistency and alignment of Stockton’s academic program with the University’s mission and strategic planning. Overseeing the planning and activities of the academic program, the committee proposes to appropriately position the institution’s academic priorities with its academic mission. 

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Nancy Taggart Davis, Chair
  • Trustee Mady Deininger ('80),  Vice Chair
  • Trustee Meg Worthington
  • Manish Madan, President, Faculty Senate
  • Michelle McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Peter Baratta, Chief Planning Officer
  • Deeanna Button, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Katherine Campion, Academic Affairs Committee, Student Senate
  • Peter Straub, Dean of School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Robert Heinrich, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Christopher Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee supports the Board of Trustees in performing its fiduciary duties. It primarily serves to ensure the integrity and accountability of the institution’s system of financial management, by overseeing the University’s financial practices, auditing process, and internal controls.

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Andy Dolce, Chair 
  • Trustee Nancy Taggart Davis, Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer 
  • Richard Walker, Member, Stockton Foundation Board of Directors
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Brian Kowalski, General Counsel

Building & Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee serves as the stewards of the University’s physical resources.  The committee considers and provides direction on a broad spectrum of matters pertaining to campus facilities; capital assets and resource allocation; real estate; construction and renovations; campus improvements; and a host of other related items of facilities management and infrastructure.   

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Leo Schoffer, Chair
  • Trustee Meg Worthington, Vice Chair
  • Trustee Andy Dolce
  • Donald Hudson, Vice President for Facilities & Operations
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Michelle McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Christopher Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Peter Baratta, Chief Planning Officer
  • Brian K. Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic City Campus
  • Brian Kowalski, General Counsel
  • Scott Huston, Chief Information Officer
  • John Fritsch, Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management & Plant Operations
  • Charles "Skip" West, Executive Director of Facilities Planning & Construction
  • Jack Lewis, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Josh Hunte, Student Senate Representative 

Development Committee

The Development Committee oversees the continuity and viability of University philanthropic endeavors, in order to ensure the well-being and sustainability of University’s financial future, and support of institutional priorities.  Responsibilities include active engagement and planning across the fundraising continuum. 

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Leo Schoffer, Chair
  • Trustee Mady Deininger ('80), Vice Chair
  • Trustee Tyler Rodriguez
  • Dan Nugent, Chief Development Officer and Executive Director, University Foundation
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Donna Buzby, Chair, Stockton University Foundation Board of Directors
  • Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics
  • John Froonjian, Executive Director, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Finance and Professional Services Committee

The Finance and Professional Services Committee assists the Board in its duties to ensure the financial and economic soundness of the institution.  It serves as the “fiscal gatekeeper,” providing oversight and guidance of the University’s system of financial administration and business operations.

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Stanley M. Ellis, Chair
  • Trustee Nelida Valentin ('86), Vice Chair
  • Trustee Tyler Rodriguez
  • Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Donald Hudson, Vice President for Facilities & Operations
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff 
  • Christopher Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Robert Heinrich, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Brian Kowalski, General Counsel
  • E. Michael Angulo, Vice President for Personnel, Labor & Government Relations
  • Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Administration & Finance Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Susan Fahey, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 
  • Wei-Xuan Li, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Finance 
  • Arthur Worthington, Associate Professor of Business Studies
  • O'Niel Bygrave, Finance Committee Chair, Student Senate

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee helps the Board in its fiduciary duty to ensure the practice of sound and wise investment strategies of institutional funds.  The Committee ensures the proper implementation and execution of the University’s investment approach, and provides guidance and oversight to matters such as University investment policies, selecting asset classes, and ensuring accurate financial reporting.

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Meg Worthington, Chair
  • Trustee Stanley M. Ellis, Vice Chair
  • Trustee Michael Jacobson
  • Michael Albrecht, Vice Chair, Stockton Foundation Board of Directors
  • Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Susan Davenport, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Brian Kowalski, General Counsel
  • E. Michael Angulo, Vice President for Personnel, Labor & Government Relations
  • Michael Busler, Professor of Business Studies, Finance

Student Success Committee

The Student Success Committee ensures the University’s focus remains on its mission to provide an environment for excellence to students, and promote overall student success, growth, and development.  The Committee provides oversight and policy guidance to a variety of issues related to student affairs, such as representing the students’ interest in policy decisions, ensuring the allocation of financial resources to support the needs of student affairs, and promoting diversity and inclusivity in student recruitment and retention. 

Members (2020-2021):

  • Trustee Nelida Valentin ('86), Chair
  • Trustee Meg Worthington, Vice Chair
  • Trustee Mady Deininger ('80)
  • Trustee Jaiden Chavis, Student Alternate
  • Christopher Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Kevin McHugh, Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation 
  • Matthew Ashe ('08), Stockton Alumni Association
  • Emmanuel Small, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management
  • Matthew Nyce, Chair of Student Affairs Committee, Student Senate
  • Robert Heinrich, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Adrian Wiggins, Director of Public Safety