Merodie A. Hancock Selected as President of Thomas Edison State University

March 28, 2018

Merodie A. Hancock, PhD, assumed the presidency of Thomas Edison State University on March 5, 2018.

Merodie A. Hancock, PhD, assumed the presidency of Thomas Edison State University on March 5, 2018.

“I am honored to serve as Thomas Edison State University’s fourth president,” Hancock said. “The University has played a critical and historic role in removing barriers for adult students through academic innovation and service excellence. The next chapter will leverage the university’s commitment to nimble and relevant academic programming; valued military, community and corporate partnerships; and most importantly, respect and recognition of our student’s real life experiences and learning.”

Hancock was unanimously selected by the institution’s Board of Trustees in December 2017. University Board Chair, Brian T. Maloney said Hancock’s record of accomplishment and commitment to innovation and excellence made her an ideal choice to lead Thomas Edison State University.

“We are honored and excited to have Dr. Hancock as our new president. She has the experience, expertise and vision to lead Thomas Edison in today’s challenging marketplace,” said Maloney, who chaired the University’s presidential search committee. “Dr. Hancock has dedicated her distinguished career to expanding access to higher education for adults, including active military service members and veterans.”

Prior to joining TESU, Hancock served as president of SUNY Empire State College, where she was responsible for the overall operation of the institution’s 35 locations throughout New York, the worldwide Center for Distance Learning and eight international sites. She was previously the vice president of Central Michigan University’s Global Campus, where she was responsible for delivering academic programs at the university’s remote campuses, military and community college locations, and online programs. She has also held teaching and administrative leadership positions at the University of Maryland University College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“I look forward to building on the strong foundation of academic excellence our students have come to expect from Thomas Edison State University, while continuing to expand and enhance our services, programs and partnerships,” said Hancock. “Together, with our community of students, alumni, staff and mentors, our extraordinary University will continue to change lives and build communities one outstanding student at a time. An exciting future awaits for Thomas Edison State University.”