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Tuesday, October 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
A Safe Bet: Leading Change as an Anchor Institution in Atlantic City

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In April 2016, New Jersey designated Stockton University as an Anchor Institution. Just over a year later, the university broke ground on a new $176 million residential branch campus on Atlantic City's famous boardwalk. This was an important step for a city looking to reconstitute itself after an economic downturn saw five casinos close and 11,000 jobs lost since 2014. It was also transformational for a university approaching its 50th anniversary that had grown from a liberal arts college of 1,000 students on 1,800 acres in south Jersey's Pinelands Reserve, to a regional comprehensive university of nearly 10,000 students and a growing urban presence. This session outlines the successes and emerging opportunities of Stockton University Atlantic City as we complete our first academic year. Special attention is given to key initiatives within the community, contributions to local redevelopment, coordination with local partners, and efforts to build civic mindedness into the campus curriculum. Collectively, this work demonstrates how Stockton is using the threads of its past to reaffirm its commitment to Atlantic City and region for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences, strategies, and opportunities for leading change in their communities.

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Brian K. Jackson

Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic City Campus, Stockton University
Brian K. Jackson serves as Chief Operating Officer for Stockton University Atlantic City. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Stockton Board of Trustees for eighteen years. An active and passionate volunteer, Brian serves on... Read More →
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Haley Baum

Asst. Dean of Students, Stockton University
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Michelle McDonald

Chief Academic Officer, Atlantic City, Stockton University
Michelle Craig McDonald is the Chief Officer for Academic Programming, Atlantic City and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Stockton University. In this capacity, she coordinates Stockton’s off-campus instructional sites, including the university's new Atlantic City... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
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