Joel S. Bloom, interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at (NJIT), was appointed chair of the Council on Student Affairs of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).
The Council on Student Affairs, comprised of chief student affairs administrators from leading colleges and universities from across the nation, works to foster a sense of diversity, community and learning on campuses across the country. Bloom, of Monmouth Beach, will chair the council for one year.
“We are very happy that Joel Bloom will be taking on the leadership of our Council on Student Affairs at this time of great challenges to higher education and to the students that our public universities serve,” said C. Peter Magrath, president of NASULGC. “We look forward to his contributions to the association and to our member institutions.”
“I was honored to be named chair of the Council,” said Bloom, “and for the next year I will work to insure that the council continues to promote best practices resulting in improved learning and development by the students served by our nation’s public colleges and universities.”
Bloom has been interim provost at NJIT since the spring of 2004. The charge is one of many that the versatile administrator has undertaken since his arrival at NJIT in 1990.
Bloom was vice president of academic and student services until being promoted to interim provost. His responsibilities included managing pre-college education, enrollment management, continuing professional education and career development services. Freshman studies, the Educational Opportunity Program, library services, physical education and athletics also have come under his purview.
Since 1997, Bloom has also served as dean of NJIT’s Dorman Honors College. Today the honors college enrolls more than 500 students, many of whom receive significant merit-based scholarships. These students generally have higher SAT scores than other NJIT students and are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.
Bloom donates much of his time to educational organizations. He chairs the New Jersey College Bound Advisory Board and the Greater Newark Consortium Board for Pre-College Education. He belongs to the New Jersey State Board for Communities and Schools, the New Jersey Presidents' Council Task Force on Transfer and Mission Differentiation, the Board of the Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation, and the Board of the New Jersey Association of Partners in Education.
Bloom’s interest in pre-college education began at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), as assistant commissioner in the division of general academic education. Bloom managed competency testing, curriculum content standards and pre-school programs. He also established 17 effective model schools. Prior to that appointment, Bloom managed a unit for the northeast educational improvement center of the U.S. Department of Education.
Since the early 1970s, NJIT has been involved in pre-college programming. Most programs aim to help minorities and women, two traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering and other professions. The programs prepare students for a college education in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.
Bloom holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and he also holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York.