Excelsior College to Introduce School of Public Service on September 1

Scott Dalrymple, PhD

Scott Dalrymple, PhDToday, Excelsior offers more than 34 degree and certificate programs across four schools—Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Nursing. Beginning on September 1, 2013, Excelsior College will be adding a fifth school, The School of Public Service (SPS). Initially, existing criminal justice and military studies programs within the School of Liberal Arts will be moved to the new school. Down the road, the School of Public Service will include new curriculum and master’s degree programs.

During the first year of operation, Dr. Scott Dalrymple will serve as the as the dean of both the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Service and in July 2014 a new dean for the School of Public Service will be selected.

Dr. Dalrymple shared some insight with Excelsior Life about The School of Public Service.

Excelsior Life: What will the new school include? Was there a need?
Dalrymple: The main reason for the new school is that SLA is currently stretched so thin– we offer education in everything from Shakespeare to Microbiology to Counterterrorism. All liberal arts schools include the first two, but rarely the third. Criminal justice and military studies will thrive and grow with more focused attention.

Excelsior Life: How will the School of Liberal Arts (SLA) change?
Dalrymple: The reconfigured SLA will still have around 7,500 enrolled students, so it won’t change significantly. It will still house all programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Excelsior Life: Can you share some of the current and future plans for the new school?
Dalrymple: When it opens for business in September, SPS will house our bachelor’s and master’s programs in criminal justice and our new bachelor’s program in military studies. Going forward, we plan to ask New York State for permission to add new graduate programs, including a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

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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