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Center for Leadership and Governance

The Center for Leadership and Governance provides executive leadership development opportunities and promotes effective strategies for governing boards in higher education, non-profits, and government entities. The Center offers consultation services, training, workshops, and master classes for senior executives and governing board members. The Center is a component of the University’s John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies.

Meet the Veteran Team

Linda MeehanLinda M. Meehan

Senior Fellow/Director

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 1983

Phone: (609) 777-5660, ext. 4410

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Degrees:
MSM, Thomas Edison State University
BA, Thomas Edison State University
 

Linda Meehan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Leadership and Governance of the John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison State University. The Center for Leadership and Governance provides executive leadership development opportunities and promotes effective strategies for governing boards in higher education, non-profits, and government entities. The Center offers consultation services, training, workshops, and master classes for senior executives and governing board members. The Center is a component of the University's John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies.

Prior to beginning her role within the Watson School of Public Service, she served as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees in the Office of the President at Thomas Edison State University from 2009 through 2018. She has spent much of her career as a member of the University's executive leadership team, participating in institutional decision-making, planning, and governance at the highest level. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, she served as the Assistant to the President from 2001 through 2009 and served in administrative positions within the Office of the President and Communications Office since 1983.

She holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree from Thomas Edison State University. She is a Lead NJ ('16) Fellow and served on the Board of Directors for Advancing Opportunities, Ewing, New Jersey. In 2012, she served as a founding advisory board member of the Women's Professional Network, a chapter of the ACE Women's Network at Thomas Edison State University. She resides in Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

Dr. PruittDr. George A. Pruitt

President Emeritus and
Board Distinguished Fellow

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 1982

Phone: (609) 777-5660, ext. 4405

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Degrees:
PhD, The Union Institute
MS, Illinois State University
BS, Illinois State University
 

Dr. George A. Pruitt, president emeritus of Thomas Edison State University, and board-distinguished fellow of the University's John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies, is active in the formulation of educational policy nationally and within the State of New Jersey.

Dr. Pruitt was appointed the institution’s third president in December 1982 and served for over thirty-five years. He is among the longest-serving public university presidents in the nation and was identified as one of the country’s most effective college presidents in a study of presidential leadership funded by the Exxon Education Foundation. Prior to his tenure at Thomas Edison State University, he served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University, Morgan State University, Tennessee State University, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Dr. Pruitt served five secretaries of education under three presidents of both parties during his tenure as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which advised the United States Secretary of Education on the recognition of accrediting agencies. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees, numerous awards, honors and commendations, and has consulted widely in higher education, business and government.

He currently serves as member and past chairman of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, member and past chairman of the board of directors of SEEDCO (Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation), and member of the board of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. He is the former chairman of the board of trustees for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL); former vice chair, National Commission on Higher Education Attainment; and past member and chairman of the board of trustees of The Union Institute & University and Rider University. He is a former member of the boards of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Choose New Jersey, Inc., Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Greater Trenton, Inc., New Jersey State Planning Commission, Mercer Medical Center, Millennium Leadership Initiative, Sun National Bank and The Trenton Savings Bank. He is a former advisor of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, past member and chairman of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, and of the board of directors of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce and Capital City Partnership.

Dr. Pruitt, currently serves as president emeritus of Thomas Edison State University and board-distinguished fellow of the University’s John S. Watson School of Public Service. He continues to be active in the formulation of educational policy nationally and within the State of New Jersey.

He has an adult daughter, Shayla and grandson, Landon. He and his wife, Pamela reside in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.