Trustee Emeriti

William Cox


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


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


Trustee, 1998-2009

William E. Cox is president and cofounder of Cox, Matthews and Associates 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.

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

He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University, two master's degrees (in counseling psychology and in public administration) from Ball State University, and a bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University.

Robert E. Kinsinger


Consultant, National Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Ret.)


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


Trustee, 1998-2007
Vice Chair, 1998-2000

Robert E. Kinsinger is a former vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 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, 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 many 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.

A former chair of the Regents College Board of Overseers, Kinsinger earned a Doctor of Education from Columbia University and master's and bachelor's degrees from Stanford University.

Jean M. Smith


Vice President, J. P. Margan Chase (Ret.)
Chase Community Development Corporation


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


Trustee, 1998-2007
Vice Chair, 2001-2005

Formerly vice president of Chase Community Development Corporation, Jean M. Smith has worked in the banking and financial industry since 1978. She has held 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.

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. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business administration from Fordham University and completed the Smith Management Program at Smith College.

Lawrence Vertucci


Executive Vice President and Regional President HSBC Bank, USA (Ret.)


Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, Siena College


Trustee, 1998-2009
Treasurer, 2005-2007

Lawrence E. Vertucci previously held the position of executive vice president and regional president of the Capital Region for HSBC Bank. In this capacity, he 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 previously served as senior vice president with Cayuga Bank, Auburn, New York.

Vertucci has been a board member for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; 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.

Vertucci is a graduate of Siena College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in finance.

John R. Wetsch


IT Director, Application Service Delivery
North Carolina Department of Revenue


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


Trustee, 2001-2012
Vice Chair, 2006-2011

John R. Wetsch is responsible for supporting the complete application portfolio of the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Previously, he 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 managed 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 that position, Wetsch was a Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow and 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," 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.

Wetsch currently serves 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.

In addition to his Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, he earned a Master of Arts in historical astronomy from The McGregor School at Antioch University (1989) and a PhD in information systems from Nova Southeastern University (1994). He later earned a second bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota (2001) and a Master of Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney (2002).

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