Joel Bloom

President, New Jersey Institute of Technology

President Bloom began his career as an economist before becoming an educator and administrator for the New York City public schools. He later joined Teachers College, Columbia University as a research director focused on urban education. He became an assistant commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Education in 1983 and changed statewide competency testing from basic to higher order skills; established the first statewide curriculum content standards; initiated statewide preschool programs;established over 20 model urban effective schools; and initiated the first high school academies for science and technology.

In 1990, President Bloom joined NJIT as a vice president before becoming founding dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College in 1998. He has been NJIT’s president since 2011. During his tenure, President Bloom has established NJIT as a Top 100 National University and among the top 2% out of more than 4,000 colleges and universities for alumni mid-career earnings; more than doubled enrollment; established a pre-college program to prepare underrepresented students for the STEM disciplines; led NJIT’s rise to #1 nationally for student upward mobility; completed a $400 million campus transformation that added 1 million square feet of teaching and research facilities; grew annual research to more than $160 million, earning NJIT an R1 rating from the Carnegie Classification; created the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation that partners with industry and government; and increased NJIT’s annual economic impact on New Jersey to $2.8 billion.

President Bloom holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Hunter College of the City University, New York City. He serves on the Governor’s Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation as well as several boards and has received numerous honors as an educational and community leader, including the Air Force Public Service Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and several others.