Rutgers University in Camden is pleased to welcome new leadership.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
Sandra Richtermeyer has been named executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost and will enter the role on June 14, 2023. She will oversee the development and implementation of academic programs, ensuring the quality and growth of Rutgers–Camden’s academic enterprise. She will also serve as the top advisor to Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis on academic matters and work in conjunction with the deans to enhance the academic and research reputations of Rutgers–Camden. Richtermeyer brings more than 25 years of higher education experience and more than 12 years in academic leadership in her new role. Prior to joining Rutgers–Camden, Richtermeyer served as the dean of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the last six years. As dean, she was responsible for one of the nation’s leading business schools, with more than 2,500 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, and 77 faculty members. During her tenure, she increased the school’s enrollment and graduation rates while elevating awareness and participation in diversity and inclusion initiatives among faculty, staff, and students. Richtermeyer holds a doctoral degree in accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Colorado Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and accounting from the University of Wyoming.
J. Robert "Bob" McKee
Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration–Designate
Bob McKee joined Rutgers University in Camden as senior vice chancellor for finance and administration–designate on January 9, 2023. He is now shadowing outgoing Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Larry Gaines as part of his transition into the role on August 1, 2023, upon Senior Vice Chancellor Gaines’s retirement. In this capacity, McKee will be responsible for all aspects of budgetary planning, construction of new facilities, and upgrades to existing buildings. He will direct the operations of the budget office, financial services, facilities, human resources, information technology, and the Research Office. He will also work closely with Institutional Planning and Operations on facilities and the Rutgers University Police Department. McKee has more than 25 years of professional experience in accounting, business, finance, and business development in the private sector, government, and higher education. He most recently served as vice president of finance and administration at Antioch College, where he led a transition of business models that increased and diversified the college’s revenue. As an international hands-on leader in emergency response and crisis management, he was deployed on disaster-response teams at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He is soon to complete a doctorate in leadership, management, and policy from New Jersey City University. He holds an M.B.A. specializing in higher education from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in management from Antioch College.
Dean, Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences
John Griffin, an esteemed higher education leader and scholar, became dean of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective on July 1, 2022. As dean, Griffin leads the growth of Rutgers–Camden’s largest academic unit, which enrolls 2,462 undergraduate and 561 graduate students in 25 bachelor’s degree-granting programs and in 24 master’s and Ph.D. programs. He formerly served as the senior associate provost at Clemson University, where he was also a professor of biology. As a member of Clemson’s leadership team, Griffin played a collaborative role in the development and implementation of the ClemsonForward strategic plan, which includes several key initiatives focused on increasing diversity and inclusion across the campus. He also spearheaded initiatives that led to the reclassification of the university from Carnegie R2 to R1, while reaffirming the university’s commitment to academic excellence and community engagement. Griffin brings to his new role a strong belief in the power of the liberal arts and sciences as the foundational center of a university and the student experience. Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1988. He earned a master’s degree in physiology in 1991 and a doctoral degree in physiology in 1993, both from The Ohio State University.
Dean, Rutgers Law School
Johanna Bond was appointed as the inaugural dean of Rutgers Law School’s Camden and Newark campuses, effective July 3, 2023. Bond’s appointment ushers in a new era for Rutgers Law School, which transitioned from a co-dean leadership to a single-leader structure. She will now work with the entire Rutgers Law School community to elevate the school’s national prominence. A New Jersey native, Bond joins Rutgers after serving as the Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law and previously associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Law at Washington and Lee University. She also served as an affiliate faculty member in the Africana Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at Washington and Lee. As a tenured professor, Bond’s scholarship focuses on women’s rights in sub-Saharan Africa, women’s rights within the United Nations, and the application of critical race feminism in the context of human rights. Her most recent book, Global Intersectionality and Contemporary Human Rights, is the culmination of more than two decades of scholarship related to intersectionality in global human rights. She is a recipient of the Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship and the Ethan Allen Faculty Award for Scholarship, and was twice named a Fulbright Scholar. She received an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a juris doctor from University of Minnesota Law School, a master of arts degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Colorado College.
Thomas S. Risch
Vice Chancellor for Research
Thomas S. Risch will join the university as vice chancellor for research, effective June 12, 2023. Risch will champion research collaborations within Rutgers–Camden and across Rutgers, as well as with other research institutions, increasing the impact and recognition of the university’s research enterprise. Risch brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to Rutgers–Camden; he currently serves as vice provost for research and technology transfer at Arkansas State University (ASU)—a Carnegie R2 institution—where he is responsible for the strategy and implementation of a highly visible campaign to promote the growth of research funding and scholarly productivity. He is also the executive director of ASU’s Arkansas Biosciences Institute, where he oversees research in various areas, including genomics, radioactive materials, and health sciences. Risch holds a doctoral degree in zoology from Auburn University, a master of science degree in wildlife management from Frostburg State University, and a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies from Stockton State College (now Stockton University).
Charles A. Wright III
Vice President for Development and Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Charles A. “Chuck” Wright III was named vice president for development and vice chancellor for advancement. Wright will join the Rutgers University Foundation on May 15, 2023, where he will lead the advancement team in Camden and serve on the Executive Leadership Team.
With decades of experience in higher education advancement and nonprofit development, Wright is a proven leader with solid relationships in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Most recently, he served as chief development officer for Philabundance, where he drove the Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization to exceed its annual fundraising goal with months to spare in the fiscal year.
Throughout his career, Wright has served in leadership roles in higher education fundraising, including at The College of New Jersey, Peirce College, Villanova University, and Widener University. He has been recognized for his contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and was honored by the CASE District II Board with the creation of the Charles A. Wright Opportunity and Inclusion Award. Wright holds a bachelor of arts degree in general arts from Villanova University.
Director, Rutgers–Camden Wellness Center
Daniel Lee was promoted to director of the Rutgers–Camden Wellness Center, where he worked for more than ten years as a part-time psychologist and the lead professional running the center’s Learning Disability Testing and Evaluation program, in conjunction with the university’s offices of Disability Services and Dean of Students. Lee joins Rutgers–Camden full time with more than 25 years experience in supervision, counseling, consulting, wellness, and administration. He has been a sought-after consultant for school districts, nonprofit organizations, and corporations, and brings a breadth of knowledge of Rutgers-Camden students and their lived experiences to his new role. Lee holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University, a post-doctoral certification in school psychology, and a pending master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds bachelor of science and master of education degrees from Temple University. He served as president of the New Jersey Psychological Association from 2020-2022.
Rutgers–Camden Chief of Police
Kevin Lutz, a 16-year veteran of the Camden County Police Department and former U.S. Marine, was sworn in as Rutgers University–Camden chief of police on August 1. Lutz comes to Rutgers–Camden with a wealth of law enforcement leadership experience, having attained the rank of captain with the Camden County Police Department in 2019. He has established a national reputation as an expert in police reform, working with organizations such as the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the ACLU to promote improved organizational culture, appropriate use of force, and impartiality in modern policing institutions.
After four years of service in the U.S. Marines, during which he earned the rank of lance corporal, Lutz joined the Oaklyn Police Department as a patrol officer. He came to Camden in 2006, reaching the ranks of sergeant in 2013 and lieutenant in 2015. In addition to numerous awards for on-duty bravery, heroism, and meritorious service, Lutz amassed a distinguished list of professional certifications and accomplishments related to officer accountability, mental health awareness, refugee services, and prevention of deadly-force incidents.
New Jersey Innocence Project
Nyssa Taylor joins Rutgers Law School as the managing staff attorney of the New Jersey Innocence Project (NJIP), which represents incarcerated New Jersey residents who have been wrongly convicted of crimes and seek exoneration. She formerly served as the criminal justice strategic litigation and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, where she developed class-action lawsuits to defend civil liberties and take on systemic injustice. She also wrote reports highlighting issues of statewide importance and provided public testimony before local and state legislative bodies.
Taylor also formerly served as the Title IX manager for Rowan University from 2016 through 2017, and for more than a decade as an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. In 2013, the Defender Association awarded Taylor the Clarence Earl Gideon Award for Outstanding Service, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded her the Bernard L. Siegel Memorial Award for Service. In addition, Taylor taught trial skills as a trial team coach and adjunct professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she earned her juris doctorate in 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 2000.
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