Career Development: Critical In This Time Of Crisis Webinar

Why Career Development Right Now is Critical

The most powerful investment we can make during this crisis will be in our own development, growth, and learning

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Original Webinar date: Thursday, May 14th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm


  • Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, Thomas Edison State University
  • Dr. Dennis Devery, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Thomas Edison State University
  • John Thurber, Moderator, Vice President for Public Affairs, Thomas Edison State University
  • Christine Curnan, Host, Vice President of Membership Development, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber 

Do you feel like your career development is on pause while your job may be at risk? You are not alone. The Coronavirus is creating long-lasting changes to every part of the economy and disrupting many career paths.

Career development is all the more relevant during this crisis not only because it prepares us for an uncertain future, but also because it helps us get through the stressful conditions we are experiencing today.  The silver lining to staying at home is that all of us have a real opportunity to use this time to move our careers forward.

Drs. Merodie Hancock and Dennis Devery will discuss learning opportunities that can help make you more marketable, and provide tips for how to best position your new-found skills when the economy recovers.

Dr. Merodie A. Hancock currently serves as the fourth president of Thomas Edison State University. She assumed office on March 5, 2018.

She is a nationally recognized leader in the administration and delivery of innovative education programs for adult students. Dr. Hancock has dedicated her career to expanding access to higher education for nontraditional students and has an extensive track-record driving academic access and success across underserved and underrepresented populations.  She is especially committed to the educational needs of first-generation students, working parents and our men and women in uniform. 

Prior to her election as president of Thomas Edison State University, Dr. Hancock served as president of SUNY Empire State College. She previously served as vice president of Central Michigan University’s Global Campus.  She has held teaching and administrative leadership positions at the University of Maryland University College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Dr. Hancock holds a PhD in urban services and education administration from Old Dominion University, an MBA from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Scripps College. Additionally, she holds a certificate from the Institute of Educational Management from Harvard University and a certificate in Nonprofit Board Leadership from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.


Dr. Dennis Devery is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Devery previously served as the University’s Vice President for Institutional Planning and Research and has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Political Science Department of Rutgers University and as a member of the Veterans Advisory Council of Rowan University.

Dr. Devery is the immediate past Chairman of the Burlington Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to Dr. Devery joining Thomas Edison State University’s executive leadership team, he had a distinguished thirty year military career retiring at the rank of Colonel.  Colonel Devery’s most recent military assignments included Commander of the Joint Training and Training Development Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Dr. Devery earned his Doctorate in Education from Rowan University. He has a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a Master’s degree in Management from Thomas Edison State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Rutgers University.

Dr. Devery lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Moorestown Rotary.

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