Stockton President: 'Many Changes for the Fall'Last Edited:
“We’re extremely active, [with] a lot of construction going on, [and] many changes for the fall,” Dr. Harvey Kesselman, president of Stockton University, told SNJ Today in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, June 14th.
On Stockton University’s main campus in Galloway, two new buildings are going up, both scheduled to open in Spring 2018.
Those projects include an expansion of the Unified Science Center and a highly anticipated health-sciences building.
“In addition to that project, there’s another something like 14 or 15 other projects going on this summer on the main campus,” said Kesselman.
All of which are helping the growing university.
“We’re up 53 percent on admissions deposits, so we’re going to have our largest freshman class prior to this year, [which] was about 1,100,” said Kesselman. “We’re going to have at least around 1,600 freshmen this class.”
Down the A.C. Expressway and into Atlantic City, where the old Atlantic City High School used to sit, Stockton's new Gateway Campus is currently being constructed.
The new Atlantic City campus will include housing for more than 500 students, an academic building, student center, parking garage, and offices for South Jersey Gas.
The whole state of New Jersey needs a healthy Atlantic City. It’s always been reliant on revenue. We’re helping to diversify that revenue source.
This campus is projected to open in Fall 2018.
“We all need a healthy Atlantic City,” said Kesselman. “Everywhere from Cape May, to Cumberland County, to Salem County, to Atlantic County, to the whole state of New Jersey needs a healthy Atlantic City. It’s always been reliant on revenue. We’re helping to diversify that revenue source.”
And while Kesselman says all of this construction on both campuses will offer economic growth across southern New Jersey, it will also give students their own new opportunities.
“It will afford more New Jersey residents an opportunity to acquire a higher education, and that’s our primary goal," said Kesselman. "That’s what we’re in the business of doing.”
"As long as we can keep providing more education to more students, that thrills me each and every day.”
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