Division Leadership

 
 
Marsha Besong, Ed.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Success
 
Dr. Marsha Besong is the Assistant Chancellor for Student Academic Success at Rutgers University-Camden. Dr. Besong has worked in a variety of positions in the non-profit and education sectors and prides herself on successfully developing and implementing robust student-centered programs that promote student success. Dr. Besong’s career is multi-faceted and she has directed a community center focusing on holistic educational and support services for pre-school students through adults for Philadelphia’s Beacon School Project; managed student success initiatives and student affairs at Harcum College; managed strategic planning and school reform efforts for two elementary schools at Drexel University, and implemented a Department of Labor grant at the School District of Philadelphia to increase student achievement and career readiness at ten persistently dangerous comprehensive high schools. When not developing new student programming, she enjoys travelling the world and has visited seventeen countries with many more to see.
 
Dr. Besong received her B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University, M.S in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University, and Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University.
 
 
Thomas A. Dahan, Ph.D.
Director of Student Academic Success

Dr. Thomas A. Dahan, is the Director of Student Academic Success at Rutgers University–Camden. In this role, Tom oversees the assessment of various division programs, manages the RaptorConnect, and serves as liaison to our off-campus program partners.  Tom brings over a decade of experience in higher education, serving in diverse roles in community and civic engagement as well as institutional research. He earned his doctorate in Public Affairs and his dissertation examined the community impacts of higher education civic engagement. He has published work in the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. In 2017-18, he served as chair of the New Jersey Association for Institutional Research. Tom received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and his M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University. He is an avid vinyl record collector and enjoys cycling.

 
Michael D'Italia, M.P.A.
Director of Student Success Initiatives
 
Michael D'Italia is the Director of Student Success Initiatives at Rutgers-University Camden.  In this role, Michael oversees the Institute for Leadership and Action, Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Research and other student success initiatives. Michael brings valuable experience and knowledge to the division having formerly served as the Program Coordinator for Engaged Civic Learning in the Office of Civic Engagement. He has extensive experience working with faculty, students, and community partners and has created multiple civic engagement intiatives focused on building interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships in the city of Camden. Michael earned his Bachelor's degree in Youth ministry from Eastern University, his Master's degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University-Camden, and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Community Development in the Department of Public Policy and Administration.  
 

 
Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little, Ed.D.
Director of Academic Support

Dr. Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little is the Director of Academic Support at Rutgers-University Camden. She joined the Rutgers-Camden community in October of 2016. Prior to Rutgers-Camden, Ajeenah served as the Assistant Dean of Student Support Services at Peirce College among other roles during her thirteen years. She was responsible for supporting traditional and nontraditional students while leading student success initiatives such as the Developmental Education program, state and federal grant programs and retention management initiatives. In addition, Ajeenah served on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Steering Committee as well as lead a cross-functional committee responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan initiative under Guidance and Support.

Dr. Nuriddin-Little received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University, M.S. in Human Resource Counseling and her B. A. in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ajeenah is currently enrolled in Rowan University’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program and is at the final stages of her dissertation. When not working on her dissertation, Ajeenah enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two beautiful children.