Campus Compact Appoints Andrew Seligsohn as Fifth President
Boston, MA — The Campus Compact Board of Directors announced today 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.
As president, Seligsohn will oversee the nation’s largest national organization dedicated to civic engagement in higher education. Campus Compact has more than 1,100 national and international member institutions with 34 state affiliates. Headquartered in Boston, Campus Compact has a long tradition of leadership in the field of civic engagement and an extensive, diverse network of Presidents, faculty and staff to sustain and support the community engagement efforts of our members.
“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 pivotal role and help it to have an even stronger impact on higher education through civic engagement in the years to come.”
“Campus Compact is a crucial force in educating citizens and building communities,” said Dr. Seligsohn. “I am thrilled to be joining the Campus Compact network as it comes off a successful strategic planning process and I look forward to carrying forward the vision at the national level.”
Dr. Seligsohn brings extensive experience in community involvement in higher education. His roles on campus have been wide-ranging. He has served as faculty at a small liberal arts institution and as an administrator at large private and public universities.
“Andrew Seligsohn is a strategic and collaborative administrator and a national leader in the area of university civic engagement. His work at Rutgers–Camden has sharply focused our academic and service initiatives and significantly advanced our goal for Rutgers-Camden to become a national model for civically engaged universities,” said Dr. Wendell E. Pritchett, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden. “He is an excellent choice to direct the forward progress of Campus Compact at this crucial time, and all of the institutions and students represented by that organization will benefit greatly by Andrew’s leadership.”
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.
About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. Learn more at www.Compact.org
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