Felicia McGinty joined Rutgers in August 2013 as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Dr. McGinty provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the large and complex division of Student Affairs. Dr. McGinty holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in Education Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University. In 2007, NAU honored her with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for outstanding service to the university and community.
Dr. McGinty has a distinguished background in admissions, recruitment, student engagement and many other aspects of student affairs. She brings more than 25 years of professional experience in student affairs as well as a notable record of public service. Prior to joining RU, Dr. McGinty served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of California Santa Cruz, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement at Pennsylvania State University and was Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In previous roles, she was the Director of New Student Experience at Montclair State University and Assistant Director of the Division of Student Services at Northern Arizona University.
As a seasoned student affairs professional, McGinty leads with a forward-thinking, student-centered philosophy to enhance the co-curricular experience and promote student success. Dr. McGinty’s areas of particular professional interest and expertise encompass student recruitment, retention, and graduation; academic advising; first year programs; counseling and psychological services; and the creation of climates of support for diverse student populations. Dr. McGinty has developed and taught courses on First Year Success, Critical Thinking, and Academic and Personal Development, all designed to assist new students in transitioning to college, and on increasing retention rates in traditionally vulnerable populations. Over the course of her career she has worked in close partnership with faculty, fellow administrators, and alumni, to create a holistic experience to support learning for undergraduate and graduate students.
Her broad experiences are complemented by leadership positions in various professional associations and community service. She is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and has served on the executive committee of the Council of Student Affairs for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. In 2007, McGinty was selected to participate in a postdoctoral studies program for senior administrators in higher education at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Dr. McGinty serves as a court appointed special advocate for a foster youth and is a member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Association of 100 Black Women.