Senior leadership appointments and promotion

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Salem Community College has appointed two senior leaders and promoted a longtime administrator to Vice President.  

Rod Jefferson was named Chief Financial Officer and Kelly Schimpf was appointed Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services.  Dean of Academic Affairs Ken Robell was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer.

Senior leadership appointments and promotion

Rod Jefferson

Rod Jefferson

Chief Financial Officer Rodney Jefferson comes to SCC with diverse accounting, finance, auditing, budgeting and strategic planning experience. 

Prior to his appointment at SCC on June 6, Jefferson was Director of Finance and Administration/CFO/Comptroller for the Newark (N.J.) Public Library.  He planned, directed and controlled all functions of the finance department, including general/fund accounting, purchasing, budgeting, cash management, information technology, payroll, accounts payable and facilities, overseeing 55 professionals.

Previously, he was Chief of Contracts at the N.J. Dept. of Health. He also was a member of the N.J. Dept. of Children and Families Grants Management, Auditing and Records Team.  Earlier in his career, Jefferson served in several finance, accounting and auditing positions for the U.S. Treasury Department; N.J. Department of Corrections; the City of Newark (N.J.); Boiling Springs Savings Bank; Mitchell, Titus and Co., CPA.; JP Morgan Chase; and Rutgers University.  He also was Business Manager at Community Education Centers, Inc. (GEO) in Philadelphia. 
He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from Howard University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Rutgers, concentrating in Finance and Public Policy. 
Jefferson also is a Certified Public Manager (CPM). He holds certificates from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Business Analytics and is currently pursuing his Certified Municipal Finance/County Finance Officer (CMFO/CCFO) and Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) licenses with the State of New Jersey.

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Kelly Schimpf

Effective July 1, Kelly A. Schimpf was appointed Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services.  Previously, Schimpf was SCC’s Director of Admissions, supervising admissions, career services and testing since July 2020.  She helped lead SCC’s COVID-19 response in implementing seamless virtual services for students.  

Prior to becoming Director of Admissions, Schimpf served as SCC’s Manager of Retention.  In this role, she implemented student retention initiatives, overseeing the Academic Support Lab, and chairing the advising and retention committee.

Schimpf also worked at Drexel University, where she was Director of Recruitment for the College of Arts & Sciences and Wilmington University, serving as Admissions Communications Manager.  She held several positions of increasing responsibility in SCC Student Services from 2012 to 2015.  She also teaches business and mathematics part-time at SCC and Rowan College at Burlington County.  

She earned an MBA (concentration in Organizational Leadership) from Wilmington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Stockton University. 

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Ken Robell

SCC has promoted Ken Robell to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer.   His appointment took effect on July 1.  

Robell came to SCC as a math instructor in 2003.  Since 2010, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at SCC.  After tenures as an Academic Coordinator, Assistant Dean and Associate Dean, the new Vice President most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs for four years.  

During Robell’s tenure in the academic affairs division, he has overseen business, computer science, education, English, math, social science, glass, and visual and performing arts.  He developed an associate degree program in game design and development.  

Robell has managed all aspects of SCC’s developmental math, including the course redesign, faculty training and tracking of student success.  He has coordinated reviews on multiple academic programs annually, with advisory committees, consultants and faculty reports.  

He is the longtime project director for a series of College Readiness Now grants with Penns Grove High School. Supported by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the grants support projects designed to help prepare high school students for college.

Before coming to SCC, Robell was Marketing Manager at Arlon, Inc. and a product manager at W.L. Gore & Associates.  He also served for over seven years in the U.S. Navy. He holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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