PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) has appointed higher education leader and Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman to its board of directors, effective immediately.
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia offers customized, one-on-one trade counseling to exporters in the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey areas. As the region’s premier international trade experts, the WTCGP works to accelerate the economic growth of our region by providing resources and a powerful worldwide connection to buyers, agents and distributors, both through a network of more than 300 world trade centers in nearly 100 countries and through its considerable contacts in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. Since 2002, the WTCGP has helped generate more than $1.5 billion in incremental export sales, creating more than 19,000 jobs.
Dr. Kesselman, who has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education, has held other senior leadership roles at Stockton. He also has been appointed by New Jersey governors and state education leaders to share his expertise as a member of several high level committees and task forces.
WTCGP has close ties with many of this region’s finest educational institutions such as Stockton University, with which WTCGP will collaborate to promote the international business education of Stockton students, including introducing students to global businesses in the region and supporting President Kesselman’s global vision for Stockton University.
Regarding President Kesselman’s new board appointment, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia President Linda Conlin said, “President Kesselman’s participation in our board brings an important South Jersey perspective from a recognized leader in higher education and within the region overall.”
“It is an honor to serve on the board of directors of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, which recognizes the vital importance of higher education in promoting our region’s economic growth and increasing global opportunities,” President Kesselman noted.
“We are delighted to welcome President Kesselman to the board of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia,” WTCGP Board Chairman Gary Biehn, Chair of the China Business Group and International Group at White and Williams, commented. “President Kesselman surely will contribute valuable insights based not only on his years of experience as an academician and higher education leader, but also as an integral member of the South Jersey business community. We look forward to a long connection between him and WTCGP.”
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) in New York City oversees world trade centers that span the globe. This exclusive international business and trade network connects 15,000 professional staff members and represents more than 750,000 business members worldwide. The WTCA stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies and international businesses looking to connect globally in order to ensure local prosperity. In addition, the WTCA serves as an “international ecosystem” of global connections, iconic properties and integrated trade services under the umbrella of a prestigious brand.
Stockton University, New Jersey’s Distinctive Public University, offers an outstanding interdisciplinary approach to graduate and undergraduate education in arts and sciences, professional studies, health sciences and graduate and continuing studies. Stockton’s Galloway, New Jersey main campus in the Pinelands National Reserve is close to southern New Jersey beach resorts and central to a region that is immersed in world class hospitality and tourism, aviation research and aerospace technology, and other exciting ventures that support and enhance economic development efforts in southeastern New Jersey. The campus is within easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Stockton University, a premier regional educational institution, is ranked twelfth among the best public Regional Universities of the North by U.S. News and World Report and is one of The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges.
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