Dr. Jessica Accurso
Dr. Jessica Accurso joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and currently serves as the Chair, Planning & Fundraising Committees which is responsible for the public and private events the Foundation conducts.
Jessica is an academic leader who specializes in the transitional period between high school and college, as well as the student success landscape. She brings a wealth of experience in teaching and leading academic success programs, designing and implementing curricula and systems, to help students succeed in college and navigate institutional hurdles.
Committed to transforming lives through access to academic excellence and a champion of faculty and students, Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Leadership Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. She received her MA in English and Language Literacy and Higher Education from New York University and her BA in English and Spanish Secondary Education from Montclair State University.
Over the last 12 years she has taught in the K-12 system, community colleges, as well as four-year universities. She is a published author on several higher education topics and is a national speaker on student success initiatives.