Dr. Robert Waters Named Dean of the School of Public Service

Dr. Robert E. Waters has been named dean of the School of Public Service at Excelsior College.   In September 2013, the School of Public Service was launched to develop future leaders in criminal justice, government, not-for-profit management, public administration, and the military career fields.

Dr. Robert Waters, Dean of the School of Public Service

Familiar with Excelsior College, he worked as a consultant with college leadership in the formulation of this, the college’s fifth and newest school. Dr. Waters will now serve as chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Public Service, representing it college-wide and to external constituents. He will also be responsible for the recruitment and retention of a qualified and diverse faculty, as well as, student advisement and activities that support student satisfaction, and success.

“I am delighted that Dr. Rob Waters has assumed the position as dean of the School of Public Services, “ stated Dr. Mary Beth Hanner, Excelsior College’s provost & chief academic officer. “He brings a wealth of experience in public administration, university teaching, and higher education administration.”

From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Waters served as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at the Institute for Shipboard Education (Semester at Sea) where he recruited faculty members, managed core curriculum, and assisted in the development of new programs. From 2001 to 2012, Dr. Waters held the position of associate vice president for academic affairs and assistant to the president at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also assisted the provost and vice president for academic affairs in implementing a strategic vision for the college. Throughout his career, Dr. Waters held teaching and advising positions within higher education.

Dr. Waters earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and American Studies from Eckerd College in Florida. He later graduated from Harvard University with a Master in Public Policy degree.  In 1998, Waters received a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. He served as a Fulbright Scholar at Chiang Mai University in Thailand in 2010-2011.

Dr. Waters will be working at Excelsior College’s campus in Albany, NY and in its Washington DC Center.


Alicia Jacobs
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Alicia Jacobs is Excelsior College’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She responsible for internal communications, public and media relations, employee and community engagement. She assists with special projects, events, committees on behalf of the President's Office. Jacobs career includes television production, broadcast media, healthcare, renewable energy, sports & entertainment, hospitality and higher education. She is also an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. During her career, she has worked for three international charities. Her work with non-profits continues today as she leads community engagement initiatives for the College including the Annual Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week. Outside of work, Jacobs is community-minded. Jacobs is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her Master of Arts, communication with concentration in public relations from Western New England University. She is also a graduate of Excelsior College's Leadership Academy.

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