College Names New Dean of the School of Business & Management

December 6, 2010

Dr. Susan P. Gilbert<br />
Dean of the School of Business and Management

Dr. Susan P. Gilbert
Dean of the School of Business and Management

Dr. Susan P. Gilbert, of Waretown, N.J., has recently been appointed as dean of the School of Business and Management at Thomas Edison State College.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Gilbert has joined the college and look forward to beginning a new era for our business school,” said William J. Seaton, vice president and provost of Thomas Edison State College. “She brings a tremendous track record of growing enrollments and developing effective academic programs and will play a critical role in helping us achieve our strategic goals and serving adult learners interested in business programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.”

Prior to joining the College, Gilbert served as executive director and associate dean of MBA Programs at Rutgers University in Newark. Before joining Rutgers, she had a distinguished career at Emory University in Atlanta. Under her leadership as associate dean of the evening MBA program, the program earned a national ranking by Business Week magazine and enrollment grew by 90 percent.

At Emory, Gilbert also served as executive director of Academic Programs, chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and an associate professor of finance and developed and taught several courses in the university’s business administration program.

Prior to her career in academia, Gilbert served as a supervisor with AT&T.

Gilbert said she looked forward to developing programs that meet the unique needs of working adults.

“I want to provide a high quality and customizable degree program that prepares students for increasingly complex roles in firms and organizations,” she said. “We can provide students with valuable skills and credentials similar to course work at other institutions; but can do so in a way that complements today’s demanding lifestyles. In formulating our curriculum, I’d like us to work hand-in-hand, not only with academe, but with societies that certify its professionals. And of course, the College has been very progressive on the delivery of content, which is greatly appreciated by our students.”

Gilbert earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Binghamton University, State University of New York, in Binghamton, N.Y. and holds a master’s and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She was recently invited to join a Graduate Management Advisory Board for Educational Testing Service in Princeton and has served on several other boards.


About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at