College names new Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cumberland County College is pleased to announce that Joseph P. Rooney has been named its Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

Currently residing in Wilmington, Delaware, Rooney’s roots are in northern New Jersey where he attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, earning a bachelor’s degree in history.

On the job for little more than a month, Rooney quickly became immersed in what he finds to be a close-knit community of professionals. “I was attracted to Cumberland’s environment – its hometown feel and its beautiful campus,” he said. “It will be nice to have the ability to interact with our students.”

Prior to coming to Cumberland County College, Rooney worked with students interested in entering the medical field as the Associate Director of Admissions for the Ross University School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine of Houston, Texas. He’d also served as an admissions advisor, Admissions Coordinator and a New Student Coordinator there.

Rooney said he brings a fresh, outside view to how the college provides services to its students, their families and the career world. “I think it will be a nice change, not only for students, but for the business side of operations,” he said. “There is a unique structure to what we do here, as we strive to provide the best product – education – to our students. I hope to enhance how we function as an institution, and how well we serve our students educationally and professionally.”

"We are delighted to attract the kind of talent that Joseph brings to Cumberland County,” said Rosemarie Fiscus, Cumberland’s Executive Director of Human Resources. “One of our best assets here is our people. This is also a great area to live and raise a family while taking advantage of the best that nature has to offer. We're glad that he also chose us.”

Rooney holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, and is working on a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Keller. He hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in the future.

“I’m big on lifelong education,” Rooney said. “I think it’s important to continue your own education, and in doing so myself, I have a better understanding of how to assist students in advancing their education.”

A self-described “outdoors guy,” Rooney enjoys hiking and biking. “I think it’s better to get out and move than sit home on the couch,” he said with a grin. “I enjoy traveling and I’m trying to see as much of the world as possible.” He recently traveled to Ireland and Brazil.

For now, Rooney’s world revolves around spreading the word about all that Cumberland County College has to offer students. “We’re on a good path to attract students to the No. 1 two-year college in the state,” he added.