Dr. Dees brings to NJIT a track record of success. Most recently, as vice president for development and public relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, he increased gift income by 24 percent within six months of his arrival. At Fairleigh Dickinson, in a similar capacity, he raised $8.4 million during a three-year $8 million capital campaign. The campaign included a $1 million gift for the first privately endowed chair in the university's history.
While he was at Seton Hall University from 1982-1993, the university raised its annual fund revenues from $600,000 to $3 million and its faculty grants and contracts from $3 million to $8 million annually. Dr. Dees developed a marketing campaign that enhanced Seton Hall's academic image. The effort resulted in a 20 percent increase in out-of-state enrollments and a significant 75 point increase in SAT scores of entering freshmen. He also solicited a $10 million gift, the largest private gift in the school's history.
A veteran administrator in higher education, he holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from University of Pittsburgh, a M.Ed. from Duquesne University and a B.A. from LaSalle University. His background includes a stint with the United States Department of Education during the administrations of former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. With the White House Domestic Policy Staff, he developed the initial draft of the President's Executive Order for Historically Black Colleges.
His honors and affiliations include the National Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility of the United States Department of Education, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and a Government Fellow of the American Council of Education. His board affiliations include Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey and the Althea Gibson Foundation.