As chancellor of the Camden Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Wendell Pritchett has direct responsibility for the daily administration of a campus that enrolls nearly 6,800 students in 34 undergraduate programs and 28 graduate programs at the master’s and Ph.D. levels. The southernmost of three regional campuses that comprise Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers–Camden is located across 40 acres in the Camden Waterfront District, in the very heart of the metro Philadelphia region.
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Rutgers–Camden campus, overseeing 1,100 employees and an annual budget of more than $60 million. The chancellor reports to the president of Rutgers University and is a member of the president’s cabinet and a key member of the university’s leadership team. The chancellor also serves as the principal spokesperson for the campus and the university in southern New Jersey. In this position, Pritchett plays a leadership role in the revitalization of Camden and serves as an important partner with other institutions and businesses in promoting the economic, social, and cultural development of the fastest growing region in New Jersey.
Pritchett assumed the role of Rutgers–Camden chancellor in July 2009. His efforts seek to grow the campus enrollment to 7,500 students; improve the infrastructure for student service; and extend awareness of the Rutgers–Camden campus.
Since his arrival, the university has approved the formation of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, which builds on a decades-long tradition of excellence in undergraduate nursing education and will add M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs in the near future. In response in ever-increasing student demand for residential accommodations, a 12-story, 350-bed housing facility for students opened in August 2012, the new Rutgers residential building includes first-floor retail for both the campus and the city.
Rutgers is preparing to break ground on a Nursing and Science Building, while renovating historic properties to become a Writers House and an Alumni House.
In 2010, Pritchett launched the Office for Civic Engagement, which is focusing Rutgers–Camden’s many community-oriented programs while also developing academic curricula that incorporate service learning in ways that benefit Rutgers students and faculty as much as they do the community. Through his leadership, Rutgers increasingly is forging new ways to serve its host city, the Delaware Valley region, and the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining the Camden Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Pritchett served as a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught during 2001-09. Before coming to Penn, Pritchett spent five years as assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
During 2008, Pritchett served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and during 2007 Pritchett chaired the Urban Policy Task Force for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Earlier in his career, Pritchett served as director of district offices for Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta (D-PA) and as an attorney representing non-profit organizations in the development of affordable housing.
Over the past 15 years, Pritchett has held leadership positions in numerous nonprofit organizations. He was board chair of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia during 2005-08 and helped expand the organization from an annual budget of $6 million to more than $10 million. He also served as president of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, chair of the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia, and member of the Pennsylvania State Planning Board.
In 2011, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Pritchett to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. In October 2012, Pritchett was elected president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a national consortium of higher education institutions. He is a co-chair of the World Class Greater Philadelphia Initiative of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and member of the Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees.
Pritchett, 49, resides in the University City section of Philadelphia with his wife, Anne Kringel, and their two children.
Pritchett has written two books and numerous articles on urban history and policy, particularly in the areas of housing, race relations, land use, and economic development. His first book, Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto (University of Chicago Press, 2002), explores race relations and public policy in 20th-century Brooklyn.
His most recent book, Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer (University of Chicago Press, 2008), is a biography of the first African American cabinet secretary, a leading thinker and practitioner of 20th-century urban development.
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
- J.D., Yale Law School
- B.A., Brown University
- University of Pennsylvania Law School: Professor of Law, 2008-09; Associate Dean and Professor of Law, 2006-07; Assistant Professor of Law, 2002-06; Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 2001-02
- Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia: Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy, 2008
- Baruch College, City University of New York: Assistant Professor of History, 1997-2002
- Office of Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta: Executive Director of District Offices, 1996-97
- Regional Housing Legal Services, Philadelphia: Staff Attorney, 1993-95
- Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, Philadelphia: Attorney, 1991-92
- Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU): President, 2012 to present
- Philadelphia School Reform Commission: Commissioner, 2011 to present
- Economy League of Greater Philadelphia/World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative: Co-Chair, 2009 to present
- Select Greater Philadelphia/CEO Council for Growth initiative: Board Member, 2009-2011
- Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees: Member, 2011 to present
- United Way of Camden County Board of Directors: Member, 2009-12
- Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia: Vice Chair, 2008-10; Chair, 2010-12
- Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation: President, 2008-11
- Barack Obama for President, Urban Policy Task Force: Chair, 2007
- Pennsylvania State Planning Board: Member, 2003-09
- Community Legal Services of Philadelphia: Board Chair, 2005-08; Board of Directors, 1997-2008
- Named a 2012 USA Eisenhower Fellow
- 2013 Commencement Speaker, Camden County College
- Urban History Association Best Article Award (2008) for “Which Urban Crisis? Regionalism, Race, and Urban Policy, 1960-1974” in the Journal of Urban History (January 2008)