of Higher Education
Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, Rochelle Hendricks,
has more than 20 years of experience working on education issues
in the Garden State. Appointed to the Cabinet-level post by Governor
Chris Christie in May 2011, Secretary Hendricks had served previously
as acting commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Education,
having been named to that post in August 2010.
to that assignment, Secretary Hendricks had served in the Department
of Education as assistant commissioner for the Division of School
Effectiveness and Choice, overseeing key reform initiatives and
areas, including the Offices of Board Development, Small Learning
Communities and School Culture, District Schools, Turnaround
Partnerships, Inter-District Choice and Opportunity Scholarships,
Charter Schools, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education.
had also served in the Department of Education in various other
capacities, working as director of the Professional Development
Office, manager of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Administration
Division, assistant to the deputy education commissioner, and
director of the Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative
to joining the staff of the Department of Education, she worked
for over 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities,
including assistant dean of students, director of the Educational
Opportunities Program, and interim director of the Women’s Program.
Hendricks began her career as a teacher in the Rumson Fair Haven
Regional High School District before joining the Department of
Education in 1987.