David Hespe was appointed Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education on March 20, 2014, returning for what is now his fourth time working at the Department. He previously served as the Education Commissioner (99-01) , Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Executive Services (97-98) and Chief of Staff during the first term of the Christie Administration.
In addition to his experience at the Department of Education, Hespe most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington County College. He also served as an Associate Professor of Educational
Leadership at Rowan University's College of Education, where he was Department Chair for five years, as well as the Assistant Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Willingboro School District.
Hespe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University and a Law Degree from the University of Rutgers-Newark. He began his career as a law clerk at the Mercer County Superior Court and then joined a private law firm before entering public service in 1989 as Associate Counsel at the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services. Hespe went on to serve as Assistant Counsel in Governor Whitman's Office and later served as First Assistant Attorney General.
Throughout the years, Saint Peter’s graduates have made a significant mark in the education field. In 2014, Saint Peter’s University, a thought-leader in the field of education which prepares motivated students to become outstanding teachers, administrators and counselors, created the Alumni in Education Network.
With the support of the Alumni in Education Host Committee, the Network unites thousands of Saint Peter’s alumni who are either graduates of the School of Education or who are currently working in education – to learn and exchange ideas, to expand and explore new professional relationships, and to connect and engage with the University.
Robert J. Donato '65, RPND Consultants, LLC, retired principal, Dickinson High School
Dr. Joseph A. Giammarella '71, principal, High Tech High School
Nadia E. Makar ’69, science supervisor for Union City High School/Academy for Enrichment and Advancement
Vincent J. McFadden '67, executive county school business administrator, State of New Jersey Hudson County Office
Dr. Joseph P. Sirangelo '71, assistant superintendent, Hudson County School of Technology
For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (201) 761-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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