Rochelle R. Hendricks was named the first Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey in May 2011. As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and program development to enhance the capacity and competitiveness of New Jersey’s higher education institutions. Since starting the position, Secretary Hendricks has engaged the agency in the national higher education reform agenda while focusing on advancing the blueprint for reforming higher education recommended by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force chaired by Governor Kean, as well as the report issued by the UMDNJ Task Force chaired by Dr. Sol Barer. Under her leadership, the office has been reorganized to enhance implementing the reform agenda.
During her career, she has served on a number of national, state and local boards. Currently, she is a founding member of the Policy Steering Council for the Center for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance at Stockton College, a member of the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey Board and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, she serves on the national boards for Operation College Promise, REL Mid-Atlantic and PARCC Higher Education. In March 2013, Lt. Governor Guadagno announced the formation of a new Council on Innovation to enhance the collaboration among academia, business and industry and the State and named Secretary Hendricks as chair of the Council, as well as the newest member of the New Jersey Partnership for Action.