Thomas Edison State University appointed a new dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service and a chief advancement officer.
The Trenton school said in an Aug. 12 statement that Malcolm Oliver will take over the top spot at the Watson school and that Deb D’Arcangelo would lead the university’s advancement efforts.
“I am pleased to have two highly talented and qualified individuals for these critical roles,” said Thomas Edison President Merodie Hancock in a statement. “As we head into our 50th Anniversary in 2022, these two positions will join an outstanding TESU team as we prepare for the next 50 years of empowering adults, changing lives and building our workforce.”
A resident of Trenton, D’Arcangelo most recently served as chief executive officer for the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. She has also worked at J.P. Morgan, The Lawrenceville School and Isles Inc. Her board memberships include Phillips Exeter Academy, I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation.
“I have a deep appreciation of the Thomas Edison State University mission and look forward to supporting all of its wonderful programs, from the certificate programs to doctoral-level degrees,” D’Arcangelo said. “It will be an honor to work on behalf of the university’s alumni and to engage the local and regional community in support of this important institution, which I have admired for decades.”
Oliver most recently served as associate dean for the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. His background also includes stints as a graduate program director at California Lutheran University, National Louis University and The College of New Rochelle, in addition to hands-on experience as a city planner and development coordinator.
“I look forward to leading the John S. Watson School of Public Service into a prosperous and impactful future,” Oliver said. “As a school of innovation, information and policy formulation, our mission will be to strengthen the capacity of people and organizations working in pursuit of public interest.”