The Chancellor’s Cabinet at Rutgers University–Camden has welcomed three new leadership hires. Working closely with Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis, they will leverage their collective experience and unique perspectives to elevate the reputation and awareness of the campus, expand its network of supporters, and enrich the student educational experience.
Marsha Besong, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Success
Marsha Besong—who has served as assistant chancellor for student academic success since December 2016—was promoted to vice chancellor for student academic success in February with an acting start date of June 2021. Starting as director of the Educational Opportunity Fund for two years, her seven-year tenure at Rutgers–Camden has focused on helping students to reach their academic and career goals. As vice chancellor for student academic success, she has already helped to implement several innovative initiatives, including Alpha Alpha Alpha, an honor society for first-generation students, and Bridging First Generation Students (B1GS), a student organization for undergraduates. Prior to Rutgers–Camden, she worked in student success and affairs, strategic planning, and school reform efforts for two elementary schools at Drexel University. She holds a bachelor of arts in African American studies from Temple University, a master of science in nonprofit management from Eastern University, and a doctor of education in leadership and innovation from Wilmington University.
Endia DeCordova, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Endia DeCordova, a mission-driven development and communications executive, joined Rutgers–Camden as the new vice chancellor for advancement in March. In this position, DeCordova serves on the Rutgers University Foundation leadership team and advises Chancellor Tillis in all matters related to the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of fundraising prospects. With more than 12 years of experience in academia and other professional settings—including her most recent role as associate vice president for development and strategic initiatives at the University of Connecticut Foundation—DeCordova brings extensive knowledge in community engagement, fundraising, strategic communications, and project management. She holds a bachelor of science in communications from Morgan State University and a master of business administration from the University of Hartford.
Toni Mooney Smith, MSC
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
In October, Toni Mooney Smith joined Rutgers University–Camden as vice chancellor for marketing and communications. She immediately hit the ground running in this new senior leadership role, working to heighten awareness of the Rutgers–Camden brand while elevating the integrity of that brand, increasing exposure in national media outlets and accelerating momentum in the university’s rise in the national rankings. Mooney Smith most recently served as executive director of marketing and communications for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston, where she edited an award-winning alumni magazine, among numerous other initiatives. Her resume also includes director-level communications roles in health care and academia, specializing in strategic communications, brand strategy, marketing, crisis communications and public affairs. Mooney Smith holds a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Houston and a master of science in communications from Northwestern University.