Jason Rivera, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Success
Dr. Jason Rivera is the vice chancellor for student academic success at Rutgers University–Camden, where he leads Rutgers University–Camden’s efforts to promote successful academic outcomes for its undergraduate students by advancing the university’s long-standing culture of support for every student.
He oversees the academic support services at Rutgers University-Camden. In addition, he coordinates and implements assessment for Middle States accreditation and provides leadership for the campus General Education program, as well as strategic oversight of experiential learning and summer/winter session operations.
Prior to joining Rutgers University–Camden, Rivera served as dean of the sophomore class and director of the Intercultural Center, both at Swarthmore College. He previously held a number of positions at Montgomery College in Maryland, where he created the Achieving the Promise Academy to increase the retention and completion rates of African American and Latino students. At the University of Maryland, College Park, he served as assistant director of multiethnic student education.
Rivera is an affiliate of the RISE for Boys and Men of Color national initiative, which is an interdisciplinary effort to advance the lives, experiences, and outcomes of boys and men of color in the United States. His research explores college completion for Latino and African American male students as well as the ways care, capital, and community cultural wealth influence student outcomes, and he has presented his research at conferences nationwide.
Rivera is on the Board of Reviewers for the journal Education and Urban Society and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Latinos and Education.
He earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2015, when he delivered the graduate student commencement speech. He received his master’s degree at CUNY’s College of Staten Island in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree at Manhattanville College in 1997.
Marsha Besong, Ed.D.
Assistant 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.S.
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.