Philip Dunwoody ’94 was promoted to full professor for the 2014-2015 academic year at Juniata College. Dunwoody joined Juniata College as assistant professor of psychology after earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Stockton University in 1994. He then earned his master’s degree in 1998 and a doctoral degree in 2000, both in cognitive and experimental psychology from the University of Georgia. Some of his academic and professional accolades include published articles in professional journals, recipient of the Best Paper Presentation Award in 1999, the Best Investigator Award from the Brunswick Society in 1999, the Herbert Zimmer Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Georgia in 2000, and the Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.
Matt D. Baker ’79 is the new Provost at Philadelphia University beginning June 1, 2015. After earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Stockton University, Baker received a M.S. in gerontology from St. Joseph’s University, a B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Hahnemann University, and a Doctorate of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. He joined Philadelphia University in 1994 as director of its nationally ranked M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Program. He then served as executive dean of the College of Science, Health and Liberal Arts since 2011.
Greg Ruttler ’03 was recently named Stockton University’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Ruttler received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2003 after a successful soccer career playing for the Ospreys. During his athletic career Ruttler reached the NCAA Final Four in 1999, won the NCAA Championship in 2001, was a 2001 NSCAA Third Team All- American, was a three-time NSCAA all-region, was a three-time NJAC First Team and the leading scorer on Stockton’s 2011 national championship squad. He was inducted in the Stockton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 and South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013. After nine years as assistant and then associate head coach for the Ospreys, Ruttler hopes to continue the program’s success and maintain its reputation as a top ranked soccer program in the nation.
Melissa McCooley ’98 is the new superintendent for Little Egg Harbor School District. A graduate of Pinelands Regional High School, McCooley then received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and teacher education in 1998. She earned her master’s degree from Marygrove College and is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Rowan University.
Erin Kiefer ’08 is the senior educator at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. While attending Stockton University, an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sparked her interests in the education of environmental science. After earning her bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 2008, she began an internship with the refuge and was quickly promoted to a full-time staff member. In March 2015, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE) presented her with an award as Outstanding Environmental Educator. The wildlife refuge sits on 171 wooded acres surrounding Cedar Run Lake and includes a nature center, outdoor housing for animals and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital, great facilities for running school programming, camps and guided hikes.
Joe Cordella ’00 is the new St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy Principal. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology from Stockton University, Cordella earned his master’s degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston where his Jesuit education experience began in 2005 at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. Cordella was also director of campus ministry at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson as well as supervised extracurricular activities at Calvert Hall and taught theology.