Prof. Herman J. Saatkamp
PhD MA MDiv
Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., became the fourth President of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in June of 2003. He has more than 40 years of experience in higher education, research and scholarship, fundraising, and community involvement to the College. He came to the College having previously served as Dean of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics in the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Prior to that time, he was at Texas A&M University where he served as a department head in both the College of Liberal Arts and in the College of Medicine. He began his career at the University of Tampa where he was a dean and held an endowed chair. In Texas and Indiana he helped lead fundraising campaigns that totaled more than $1 billion each. President Saatkamp earned his B.A. from Carson-Newman College, M.Div. from Southern Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His work has been presented throughout the United States, and internationally in Poland, China, Spain and Mexico. Considered one of the foremost experts on the writings of philosopher, George Santayana, Dr. Saatkamp is Senior and Founding Editor of The Works of George Santayana and on the Editorial Board of Basic Bioethics. For more than two decades he was the General Editor of The Works of George Santayana (MIT Press) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His edited and written works have been published in major academic journals and presses. They have been discussed in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice and The London Review of Books. He is a scholar who has received more than $1 million to support his research and his publications and edited works include forty eight books and 45 articles. His scholarly articles, in peer review journals, explore American thought, higher education, bioethics, and genetic explanations of complex animal behavior. Dr. Saatkamp is also Professor of Philosophy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, and a former Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental & Community Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). He has served as a consultant in electronic publishing, technology use in the humanities, physician counseling, genetic testing, and informed consent. He has also served as a panelist and reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a reviewer for Guggenheim Fellowship proposals. Throughout his extensive travels, he has established research and exchange programs in twelve countries and currently serves as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Dewey Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Under Dr. Saatkamp’s leadership, the College has ascended in the ranks of the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of America’s Best Colleges and is now consistently ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities, moving from fourth tier to first within the first three years of Dr. Saatkamp’s presidency. An active member of the community and many national boards and committees, Dr. Saatkamp plays a leadership role in comprehensive university and higher education campaigns. He has served as the Chair on the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Council, as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, Chair of the statewide Public Employees Charitable Campaign, and as the Public Service Division Chair of the New Jersey Employees’ Charitable Campaign, and as a member of the Legal Committee of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners. He is a member of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the New Jersey Tourism Policy Council, the New Jersey United Way Community Advisors Council of Atlantic County, the Policies and Purposes Committee of the American Association of States Colleges and Universities, and is the past Chair of the Board of the Aviation Research and Technology Park. Dedicated to the community, he serves on the President’s Advisory Group, National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and is a member of the Atlantic City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.