Skip to Main Content

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.

Merodie A. Hancock, PhD


Dr. Merodie A. Hancock serves as the fourth president of Thomas Edison State University, having assumed office on March 5, 2018, following an extensive national search.

She is a nationally recognized leader in the administration and delivery of innovative education programs for adult students. Access, success and completion are the mainstays of Hancock's educational philosophy. Through decades of meaningful interaction with nontraditional learners, she says she knows empirically that education is the nexus through which one's capability is harnessed for positive personal and professional growth and societal impact. She has dedicated her career to serving a multitude of underrepresented populations, including veterans and active-duty military members.

Prior to her election as president of Thomas Edison State University, she served as president of the State University of New York, Empire State College, where she was responsible for the operation of the school's 35 locations throughout New York, its worldwide online programs and eight international sites.

Previously, she served as vice president at Central Michigan University Global Campus and held administrative leadership and teaching positions at the University of Maryland University College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Hancock serves as a member of the Council of State Representatives and Emerging Technology Task Force for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, as well as the New Jersey Presidents' Council. She is a member of the board of directors for Choose New Jersey, Greater Trenton, Inc.; New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, NJEdge, and the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce.

Here from Dr. Hancock

Hear from Dr. Hancock

She previously served on the board of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, Inside Track Advisory Board, the Distance Education Commission Advisory Group for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (past president), United Way of Isabella County (Michigan), United Way of Greater Capital District (New York) and Special Olympics Michigan. She has served in active roles at the American Council on Education, Council of College and Military Educators, League for Innovation and as a member of the National Commission on Online Learning Benchmarking Study.

As an external reviewer for several universities, she has participated in numerous self-studies, reports and evaluation visits for regional accreditors, the Department of Defense, state-approving agencies and specialized accrediting organizations. She speaks widely on such topics as strategic partnerships, pricing models and innovative teaching best practices at professional conferences and meetings.

She holds a PhD in urban services and education administration from Old Dominion University, an MBA from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Scripps College. She holds certificates from the Institute of Educational Management, Harvard University and the University Professional Continuing Education Association Leadership Academy, New York University; a certificate in Process Design and Implementation: Reengineering and Change Management from Michael Hammer and Company; and a certificate in Nonprofit Board Leadership from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

Watch Toni »