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Wendell E. Pritchett, Member

Wendell E. Pritchett, Member

Commissioner, SRC

Wendell E. Pritchett Appointed by the Mayor on September 20, 2011, Dr. Pritchett is the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden campus and Professor of Law and History.  Appointed in 2009 as the first African American to hold the chancellor position, Mr. Pritchett is the chief executive officer of a campus with 6,600 students, 1,100 employees and 270 faculty.  As chancellor, he has expanded the number of doctoral programs, opened an office of civic engagement, and created the Center for Urban Research, among other accomplishments.  Prior to becoming chancellor, Dr. Pritchett served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for the Mayor's Office in 2008 and also chaired President Obama's Urban Policy Task Force during the 2008 presidential campaign.  From 2001-2009, Dr. Pritchett taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and he was associate dean of the law school between 2006 and 2008.  Dr. Pritchett served as President of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation and Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia.  He was a member of the state Planning Board and former board Chairman of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.  Dr. Pritchett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from Brown University, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1991 and a doctorate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.  Raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Pritchett's parents were both public school teachers and his two daughters attend a local magnet public school.