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Gregory S. Blimling Named Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Gregory S. Blimling, vice chancellor for student development at Appalachian State University and a nationally recognized leader and scholar in student affairs, will become vice president for student affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on July 12.

Blimling, 53, was selected by a 20-member committee of deans, faculty, administrators and students following a nine-month national search.

Blimling succeeds Emmet A. Dennis, who has served as vice president for student affairs for the past four years.

” At a time when we are focused on better integrating student life with our students’ academic and intellectual experience at Rutgers, we are fortunate to welcome a new leader in student affairs with the extensive background and knowledge that Dr. Blimling possesses,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick.

As a member of the president’s cabinet, Blimling will oversee a range of student services including fraternity and sorority affairs; career services; diversity affairs; health, housing and dining services for the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus; and compliance, student policy and judicial affairs university wide. He will work closely with deans, student organizations and governing councils.

” Rutgers is one of our nation’s most outstanding universities; it has an excellent faculty and a strong academic reputation,” Blimling said. “Drs. McCormick and Furmanski have asked me to help them build on this successful foundation by working with them to improve the quality of student life, reduce unnecessary bureaucracy for students, and create a more student-centered focus for the institution. This is an exciting time to be at Rutgers, and I am pleased to be joining the university community.”

Blimling has served as vice chancellor for student development at Appalachian since 1990, overseeing 25 offices and departments ranging from financial aid to residence life. He also has been a tenured professor in Appalachian’s Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling.

“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve Appalachian as vice chancellor for student development for the past 14 years,” Blimling said. “I have worked with three outstanding chancellors—Chancellor Thomas, Chancellor Borkowski, and Chancellor Durham. Each of these men put the interests of students first and worked tirelessly to help make Appalachian the fine institution it is today. The student development professionals at Appalachian are among the best I have encountered in more than 30 years in the field. They are dedicated, caring, and compassionate educators who made me proud every day I worked with them. I could not have asked to work with a better group of students; they are bright, creative, and involved. It has been a privilege to work at Appalachian, and I will miss being here.”

Of Blimling’s service to Appalachian, Interim Chancellor Harvey R. Durham said, “From my perspective, Dr. Blimling’s greatest achievement has been the outstanding group of professionals he has assembled in the Student Development area. For that reason Appalachian enjoys as fine a division of Student Development as may be found anywhere. He is a remarkable professional, and I am confident he will be just as successful at Rutgers as he has been at Appalachian.”