James H. Whitney III, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Dr. Whitney is a three-time graduate of Rutgers University, receiving a B.S. in Administration of Justice and Africana Studies from Rutgers College, a Master’s of Social Work (M.S.W.), and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Throughout his career, Dr. Whitney has improved the quality of many services, created new initiatives, and directed programs that have helped thousands of students. Dr. Whitney has been called upon by university leaders, faculty, administrators and colleagues to help design, develop and improve programs, initiatives and plans with a particular emphasis on improving student services, access to resources and programs for students who first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented. Dr. Whitney’s research, “Fictive Kin as Capital: A Case Study on African American Youth Aspirations for College” examines how fictive kin is used as social capital to facilitate college aspirations among low-income & first generation African Americans. His findings reveal the importance the community, religious organizations, and programs like Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and TRIO, provide for helping African American youth aspire to college.
Dr. Eddie J. Manning, Associate Dean & Director of Administration. Dr. Manning has over 35 years of experience in higher education administration and a lifelong commitment to advocating for and serving first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. He served as the inaugural director of the SAS EOF Program—the largest, and one of the top performing EOF Programs in New Jersey. In his role, Dr. Manning will be responsible for compliance, coordination and collaboration of existing programs and policy implementation. He will also be responsible for the supervision of operational staff and will assists with the supervision of the overall area. In addition, he will work to help develop services and an intrastructure for providing support for non-funded, underrepresented, non-traditional, and first generation students.
Jakora Holman, Director of Planning and Operations. Ms. Holman is a EOF graduate of Rutgers University, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. Ms. Holman has nearly ten years of higher education experience from her background as a Financial Aid Administrator. Ms. Holman received her Masters of Arts at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her research interest focus on increasing equity in Higher Education by increasing access and success for underrepresented populations. In her role, she is responsible for areas including marketing and promotions for Student Access and Educational Equity, executing and evaluating the strategic plan, managing the LSAMP program, and Educational Outreach initiatives.
Wally Torian, Assistant Dean & Director of School of Arts and Sciences EOF, Admissions & Recruitment. Since 2007, Mr. Torian has served as Assistant Dean for Student Development for the SAS EOF Program. With over 36 years of experience with the Rutgers EOF Program, Mr. Torian will serve as chief representative to Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and other university offices regarding admissions, recruitment, financial aid and outreach for EOF and the entire Student Access and Educational Equity unit. Dean Torian will also supervise the Graduate EOF program and serve as principal liaison to unit directors to coordinate open houses, regionalized recruitment and facilitate high school outreach initiatives via the Rutgers Admissions Office, as well as participate in outreach activity programs throughout New Jersey.
Azizah Hamiduddin, Director of Graduate EOF & University Administrator for EOF. Ms. Hamiduddin’s career at Rutgers began in 2000, when she was hired as Senior Financial Aid Officer for Rutgers University-New Brunswick Office of Financial Aid. To that position, she brought over 17 years of financial aid experience, knowledge and committed service in assisting and supporting students with higher education funding. She will serve as principal liaison and point of contact with the statewide EOF, HESAA, Rutgers Business Affairs offices and the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions and the University Registrar for the financial aid packaging and enrollment management of EOF, TRiO, LSAMP and all students who are enrolled in grant, opportunity or access programs in SAEE.
Vicki Brooks, Director of Administration Mrs. Brooks has worked in higher education for 38 years and has worked with the EOF student population since 1976. In her new role, she will serve as chief representative for the area with regard to assessment, data and benchmarking for all programs. She will supervise services to EOF Transfer & Non-Traditional Students and assist in the coordination of pipeline programs such as EOF, TRiO and LSAMP.
Dr. Michelle Shostack, Assistant Dean & Director School of Arts and Sciences Educational Opportunity Fund Program. Dr. Shostack began her long career working with the EOF programs at Rutgers as an undergraduate in the Office of Academic Services. Over the years, Dr. Shostack has exhibited a tireless passion for the EOF Program and has provided immeasurable service to all of Rutgers’ low-income, first-generation college students. She has served in a variety of positions for the University as a Counselor, Developmental Specialist, Assistant Dean on the Douglass campus, and Director of Douglass College EOF. In her new role, Dr. Shostack will be responsible for the organization, management, direction, accounting, budgeting and administration of New Jersey's largest funded EOF program.
Dr. Jenice Sabb, Assistant Dean/Director. Under Dean Sabb’s leadership, the SEBS EOF office works to facilitate student academic success by strengthening office functioning and program services. Working with administrative and academic offices, Dean Sabb fosters collegial rapport that creates opportunities for on and off-campus collaboration. In addition to her administrative duties, Dean Sabb is responsible for managing campus, university and state budgets, securing funds necessary for the enhancement of programming to create and support opportunity for student intellectual and personal growth. Dean Sabb believes that through education, individuals gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.