Administration

Executive Leadership Team

Photo: Robert M. Goodman.

Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Office of the Executive Dean
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Office of the Executive Dean
Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3600
Martin Hall, Room 104
execdean@aesop.rutgers.edu

Executive Dean Goodman provides leadership and oversight for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He works closely with university leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that reflect and advance the university's research, education, and outreach missions.

Photo: Paul Elwood.

Paul Elwood
Vice Dean for Administration, Office of the Executive Dean
Associate Dean of Academic Personnel
848-932-3551
Martin Hall, Room 104
elwood@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Paul Elwood is responsible for the integrated oversight and administration of the Financial and Business Administration, Budget and Planning, Human Resources, and Information Technology units that support the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He leads efforts to identify and implement new processes integrating these areas to meet unit and University goals. Paul will also be responsible for making significant contributions to institutional planning and to operational strategies. In addition, Paul is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Office of Human Resources. He develops and implements the policies and procedures associated with human resource functions and is also responsible for administrative leadership and support for all matters related to the hiring, reappointment, promotion, and tenure process for faculty. He is also responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of employment terms covered by collective bargaining agreements and serves as a university representative in personnel-related activities including affirmative action, grievances, and harassment compliance.

Photo: Melissa McKillip.

Melissa McKillip
Vice Dean for Advancement, Office of the Executive Dean
Associate Dean of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships
848-932-4214
Martin Hall, Room 104
melissa.mckillip@rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Melissa McKillip has broad responsibility for the integrated management of the philanthropy and strategic partnerships, communications and marketing, alumni and community engagement, and external affairs functions for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is a member of the Executive Dean's Leadership Team. Melissa is the chief development officer for the school and station and is primarily responsible for overseeing all development operations including major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, gift planning, and annual giving. She is also responsible for engaging the Executive Dean and key faculty with the top fundraising prospects and suspects for the school and station. In addition, Melissa is responsible for forecasting and achieving annual fundraising goals for the school and station by working in collaboration with the school and station's fundraising staff and those working on the school's behalf at the Rutgers University Foundation.

Photo: Bradley Hillman.

Bradley Hillman
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Research
848-932-3777
Martin Hall, Room 113
hillman@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Brad Hillman is responsible for research programs and resources associated with NJAES. His office ensures effective use of federal formula funding through Hatch, multistate, and McIntire-Stennis programs and of state resources directed to NJAES. He also oversees intellectual property associated with NJAES scientists, such as plant variety patents and royalties. Various NJAES centers and research farms are also coordinated through his office.

Photo: Larry S. Katz.

Larry S. Katz
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Cooperative Extension
848-932-3591
Martin Hall, Room 309
katz@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Larry Katz leads all Cooperative Extension programs. Rutgers Cooperative Extension helps New Jersey's diverse population to adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge.

Photo: Mukund Karwe.

Mukund Karwe
Dean of International Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-5487
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
karwe@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Mukund Karwe is engaged in expanding the international agenda for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. This includes increasing the opportunities for undergraduates to spend a semester or summer abroad in programs that fit within their curriculum and enhance their educational goals, highlighting and supporting the many international activities among the faculty that already exist within the school, and cultivating an international community at the school. He serves as a resource for students and faculty seeking information on international opportunities.

Photo: Laura Lawson.

Laura Lawson
Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-8010
Blake Hall
ljlawson@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Laura Lawson supports academic and outreach efforts that connect urban and suburban communities with agriculture in order to enhance the economy, landscape and culture of New Jersey.

Photo: Richard D. Ludescher.

Richard D. Ludescher
Dean of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 216
ludescher@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Rick Ludescher is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate programs, budget, and general administration for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Photo: Joyce Carlson.

Joyce Carlson
Senior Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3503
Martin Hall, Room 104
jcarlson@aesop.rutgers.edu

Joyce Carlson provides executive level administrative support to the Executive Dean and serves as principle liaison and as a primary point of contact for all senior administrators and outside constituents. She is also responsible for the planning and coordination of meetings and other events requiring leadership from the Office of the Executive Dean. She serves as a member of the Dean's Executive Leadership Team and the Dean's Cabinet.

Cabinet

Photo: Margaret Brennan-Tonetta.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta
Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate and Professional Education
Director of Economic Growth and Development, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
848-932-3776
Martin Hall, Room 111
brennan@njaes.rutgers.edu

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic development initiatives at NJAES such as the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, as well as administrative oversight of existing programs such as the Rutgers EcoComplex, Center for Advanced Food Technology, the Multispecies Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and the NJAES Technology Transfer program. She also provides economic assessments and operational recommendations for NJAES programs.

Photo: Gregory DiLalo.

Gregory DiLalo
Director of Information Technology
848-932-4111
ASB II, Room 162
dilalo@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Greg DiLalo is responsible both directly and indirectly for all Information Technology facilities, human resources, infrastructure, policies, and compliance at both the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Serving as the chief technology officer to the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he oversees the operation of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), all activities related to the management of computing and communications hardware, as well as enterprise and departmental class server administration, applications development, and end-user desktop support for voice, video, and personal computing. Greg represents the school and experiment station on several standing university IT committees dealing with architectures, human resource classifications, procurement programs, special initiatives, etc. and directly manages enterprise cluster operations and the administrative storage area network.

Photo: Lisa Estler.

Lisa Estler
Associate Dean of Planning and Budgets
848-932-3575
Martin Hall, Room 101
estler@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Lisa Estler serves as the Chief Financial Officer and financial liaison for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is responsible for the oversight and management of all budgets, financial operations and fiscal resources for all departments, centers, institutes, and stations within the school and experiment station. She is charged with the direction, analysis, reporting, and control of all business/financial funds; develops operating plans for personnel, space, physical plant construction, renovation, and facility resources; manages and monitors all funds available to the school and experiment station. As a member of the Executive Dean's Office, Lisa serves as an advisor to support individual faculty members, department chairs, center directors, and deans in strategic management of their resources as well as ensures efficient and effective utilization of all funds to best support the strategic goals of the school and the experiment station.

Photo: Peter Gillies.

Peter Gillies
Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
848-932-3500
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
director@ifnh.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Peter Gillies is the founding director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health. The institute builds on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, food science, nutrition science, and human health. The institute, one of the primary initiatives of the university, focuses on society's pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer, and obesity.

Photo: Michael J. Green.

Michael J. Green
Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
848-932-4201
ASB II, Room 172
green@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Mike Green is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of Communications and Marketing. He ensures that organizational communication needs are met and new communication tools are developed, implemented, evaluated, and reengineered as necessary to meet our clientele's needs. As part of the Executive Dean's office, Mike works with university units, the school, and the experiment station to ensure greater organizational coordination, consistency, and clarity of all communication.

Photo: Thomas Leustek.

Thomas Leustek
Associate Dean of Academic Administration, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 221
leustek@sebs.rutgers.edu

Thomas Leustek is responsible for the administrative aspects of undergraduate education at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, including course and curriculum revisions, teaching assistant and part-time lecturer allocations, articulations with New Jersey community colleges, and assessment of school academic programs.

Photo: Richard D. Ludescher.

Richard D. Ludescher
Dean of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 216
ludescher@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Rick Ludescher is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate programs, budget, and general administration for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Photo: Xenia K. Morin.

Xenia K. Morin
Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3502
IFNH, Suite 220
xmorin@aesop.rutgers.edu

Xenia Morin undertakes special projects related to curriculum innovation and resource mobilization to enhance our academic programs as well as enhancing faculty and staff training and development.

Photo: Diana M. Orban Brown.

Diana M. Orban Brown
Director, Office of Alumni and Community Engagement
848-932-4215
ASB II, Room 157
orban@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website

Diana M. Orban Brown heads the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement and its Discovery Initiative designed to amplify public events of the school and experiment station to enable diverse audiences to experience and become more fully engaged in the work of the university. Her audiences include alumni, students, faculty, staff, retired faculty and staff, and stakeholders of all kinds who wish to be connected to the learning and sharing of the school and experiment station.

Photo: Judith Storch.

Judith Storch
Dean for Undergraduate Education for the George H. Cook Campus
848-932-3625
Cook Student Center, Room 127
storch@sebs.rutgers.edu

Judith Storch is the Campus Dean for Cook Undergraduates, advisor for the SEBS Governing Council, and a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences on G. H. Cook Campus. Dean Storch works closely with students, faculty, and staff to create lively, cohesive, diverse, and inclusive communities on campus. She facilitates the implementation of academic and social programs for students, such as leadership breakfasts and research mixers.

Photo: Rachele Sylvan.

Rachele Sylvan
Director, Office of Financial and Business Administration
848-932-3792
Martin Hall, Room 109
sylvan@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel  |   Org Chart (PDF)

Rachele Sylvan serves as the chief business officer and controller for the school and the experiment station. Rachele designs financial and business solutions to policy and operational problems that have significant impact on all academic, research, and extension programs at the school and the station. In addition, she provides advice, counsel, and training on all school and station financial and business matters. Rachele is responsible for the development, implementation, and integrity of all necessary state, federal, and internal reporting systems. She oversees the administration of the station's state appropriation, the federal Hatch and Smith/Lever appropriations, and all other financial resources belonging to the school and station. She also directs and manages units responsible for school wide accounting and payroll processes and transactions.

Photo: Paula Walcott-Quintin.

Paula Walcott-Quintin
Executive Communications Specialist, Office of Communications and Marketing
848-932-4204
ASB II, Room 164
quintin@aesop.rutgers.edu

Paula Walcott-Quintin is responsible for internal and external communications related to the Office of the Executive Dean, including speeches and presentations as well as provides content, input, and feedback on major Office of Communications publications, including annual reports. She also provides writing and editorial support for web spotlights and for the Newsroom.

Photo: Lori A. White.

Lori A. White
Secretary of the Faculty
848-932-5606
Lipman Hall, Room 108
lawhite@sebs.rutgers.edu