Ron Jacobson, Ph.D., has been named executive director of academic programs, Fordham Westchester, the University’s new campus opening for the Fall 2008 semester. As the University prepares for moving its Westchester campus from Tarrytown to the new facility in West Harrison, Jacobson will coordinate the academic affairs initiative and work with individuals and units across the University to support and advance educational opportunities.

Ron Jacobson, Ph.D.

Fordham’s adult undergraduate college and its Graduate Schools of Business Administration, Education, Social Service, and Religion and Religious Education will offer courses and degree programs at the new campus. “In consultation with the deans and their staffs, I also look forward to developing structures for offering new courses and programs in continuing education that are both market-smart and mission-relevant,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson is currently the associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Summer Session, positions he will continue to hold. He is an 18-year veteran of the University, during which time he has held a variety of positions, including undergraduate associate chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and associate dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill.  He is also the founder and co-instructor of the popular Summer Sports Communication Institute, now in its ninth year.

Jacobson holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications and film from the University of Oregon. He has also completed post-doctoral work in leadership and management in higher education institutes at Columbia and Harvard Universities.