Trustee Emeriti

William Cox


President and Cofounder of Cox, Matthews and Associates (CMA), Inc.


Bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University
Two master's degrees (in counseling psychology and public administration) from Ball State University
Doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University

William Cox is president and cofounder of Cox, Matthews and Associates (CMA), Inc., a Fairfax, Virginia, firm specializing in publishing, satellite television production, training, education, and consulting. He is the president and managing editor of the company’s bimonthly national news magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

An established authority on developing policy and procedures for counseling services, Dr. Cox has conducted higher education programs for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He is a former member of the advisory board of the National Council for Education and Human Development at The George Washington University and has served as chair of the Lifelong Education Advisory Board at Harvard University and the American Counseling Association Foundation. Dr. Cox is a life member of both the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Robert E. Kinsinger




Bachelor's, Stanford University
Master's, Stanford University
EdD, Columbia University

Robert Kinsinger is a former vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a former chair of the Regents College Board of Overseers. He was also a member of the board of directors of Jossey-Bass Inc. and chair of the board of trustees and executive committee of The Fielding Institute.

He is currently a consultant for the national Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Throughout his professional career Dr. Kinsinger has concentrated on activities involving educational planning for higher education, lifelong learning, alternative learning lifestyles, and education for the allied health professions. He has numerous professional journal articles to his credit, has served as an educational consultant to the National League for Nursing, and directed health-related curriculum programs for The University of the State of New York. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, he is also an international balloonist.

Jean M. Smith


Vice President (Ret.)


BA in economics and business administration, Fordham University
Completed the Smith Management Program at Smith College

Formerly vice president of Chase Community Development Corporation, Jean Smith has worked in the banking and financial industry since 1978, holding various positions including management of the flagship branch of Chase Manhattan Bank and management of 22 branches in the Chase retail branch network. She is a member of several professional associations including Women in Housing and Finance, Urban Bankers, and the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Ms. Smith’s community service includes involvement with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), the Madison Avenue Boys and Girls Club, and the Rose F. Kennedy Family Center.

Lawrence Vertucci


Past executive vice president and regional president of the Capital Region for HSBC Bank


Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, Siena College

In his capacity as executive vice president and regional president of the Capital Region for HSBC Bank, Mr. Vertucci was responsible for the management and direction of the bank’s consumer and commercial business in the greater Albany, New York, area and the Hudson Valley region to the New Jersey border. Formerly known locally as Marine Midland Bank, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. He served most recently as senior vice president with Cayuga Bank, Auburn, New York.

Mr. Vertucci has served as a board member for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Poughkeepsie Partnership, Boy Scouts of America, Twin Rivers Council, and the New York State Museum Institute. He was also a member of the Russell Sage President’s Council.

John R. Wetsch


IT Director, Application Service Delivery


BS, Excelsior College
Bachelor's, University of North Dakota
MA in historical astronomy, The McGregor School at Antioch University
Master of Astronomy, University of Western Sydney
Project Management Professional (PMP)
PhD in information systems, Nova Southeastern University


Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow

John Wetsch previously served as the program director for the North Carolina Window of Information on Student Education (NC WISE) program for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where he manages the $200-plus million initiative by the state of North Carolina to overhaul the student information IT infrastructure of its public school system. Prior to this position, Dr. Wetsch was employed by Northrop Grumman Information Technology for 15 years. He has worked as a systems engineer, project manager, and program manager.

Listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Dr. Wetsch was honored by Pope Benedict XVI by being named Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, Civil Division, and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the governor of that state. The author of several publications, he is also active in industry associations.

Dr. Wetsch served on the adjunct faculty at North Carolina Wesleyan College and has taught for North Carolina State University, University of Phoenix, Capella University, Wake Technical Community College, and Lake Region State College.

A 1984 graduate of the College, he served as the first president of the Excelsior College Alumni Advisory Board and ex officio member of the Excelsior College Board of Trustees. He was elected to full membership on the trustee board in 2001.

Currently Dr. Wetsch is the IT Director, Application Service Delivery for the North Carolina Department of Revenue Raleigh.

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