Notable Alumnus: George A. Pruitt, Ph.D.
Union Institute & University celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. In recognition of this milestone, we are highlighting a few of the notable alumni who embody the university’s mission of transforming lives and communities.
George A. Pruitt, Ph.D. 1974
President, Thomas Edison State College (1982 – present)
Trenton, New Jersey
Dr. George A. Pruitt has transformed lives and communities through education. As the state's longest-serving college president he is widely respected for his strength as a leader, earning the distinction as one of the most effective college presidents in the United States in a study of presidential leadership funded by the Exxon Education Foundation.
Dr. Pruitt’s peers recently elected him chairman of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is a great honor to be chosen by his peers to chair this prestigious commission dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation.
Prior to being named president of Thomas Edison State College in 1982, Dr. Pruitt served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University, Morgan State University, Tennessee State University, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
In 1974, Dr. Pruitt earned his Ph.D. with a focus in higher education administration from Union Institute & University. He is also the recipient of five honorary degrees in addition to numerous awards, honors, and commendations.
Dr. Pruitt has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Chicago, Illinois; member, board of directors, American Council on Education (ACE), Washington, D.C.; member, board of directors, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Washington, D.C.; member, National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), United States Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; member, Board of Directors, Sun National Bank, Vineland, New Jersey; member, board of directors, Trenton Savings Bank, Trenton, New Jersey; chairman, New Jersey Presidents' Council; member, New Jersey State Planning Commission, Trenton, New Jersey; member, board of trustees, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey; member and chairman, board of trustees, the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio; and advisor, Kellogg National Fellowship Program, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Dr. Pruitt is past chairman and a member of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Trenton, New Jersey. He serves as chairman, board of directors, Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO), New York, New York; chairman, board of directors, Capital City Partnership, Inc., Trenton, New Jersey; vice chair, National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, Washington, DC; member, Middle States Commission on Higher Education; member, Council for Higher Education Accreditation Board of Directors; and is a member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (ASCU), Trenton, New Jersey.