Trustee Emeriti

William Cox

William Cox

Title

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

Education

  • 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

Service

  • Trustee, 1998-2009

About William Cox

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.

William Harris

William G. Harris

Title

  • CEO, Association of Test Publishers

Education

  • MBA, Duke University
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • Honorary Doctorate, Excelsior College

Service

  • Trustee, 2009-2018

About William G. Harris

William G. Harris serves as the CEO of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the leading international organization for publishers of assessment programs. He taught doctoral students at the Illinois Institute of Technology and conducted research on the use of the computer to deliver assessment programs. Afterward, he became head of research and software development at PsychSystems, the first U.S. group to be publicly traded as a computer-based testing (CBT) company. Recently, Harris has gained recognition as an advocate for the testing industry. His current areas of interest are industry-wide issues about e-testing, test security, and the impact of the Internet on the economics and future of assessment programs. He oversees the international expansion of ATP, which includes a growing membership from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is responsible for the successful launch of the Operational Best Practices project for K–12 large-scale assessments and ATP’s European conference, “Growing Talent through Assessment.” Under Harris’s leadership, ATP has become a leader in test security and digital copyright issues. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and chairs the U.S. delegation to the ISO initiative on the delivery of workplace assessment services.

Harris holds a doctorate from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Duke University, and an honorary doctorate from Excelsior College.

Jean Smith

Jean M. Smith

Title

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

Education

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

Service

  • Trustee, 2009-2018

Jean M. Smith

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

Lawrence Vertucci

Title

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

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance, Siena College

Service

  • Trustee, 1998-2009
  • Treasurer, 2005-2007

About Lawrence Vertucci

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

John R. Wetsch

Title

  • IT Director, Application Service Delivery, North Carolina Department of Revenue

Education

  • 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

Service

  • Trustee, 2001-2012
  • Vice Chair, 2006-2011

About John R. Wetsch

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).