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This profile was last updated on 12/19/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. David C. Hespe

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Employment History

  • Education Commissioner
  • President
    Burlington County College
  • Chair
    Rowan University
  • Faculty Member In the Educational Leadership Department
    Rowan University
  • Co-Executive Director, Vice President, STEM Education
    Liberty Science Center
  • Vice President for Science, Technology, Education and Math
    Liberty Science Center
  • Co-Acting Executive Director
    Liberty Science Center


  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    Rutgers University
  • Juris Doctor
    Rutgers University
199 Total References
Web References
David Hespe, pictured here in a ..., 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
David Hespe, pictured here in a file photo, was confirmed Thursday as New Jersey's education commissioner. (Star-Ledger file photo) (Star-Ledger File Photo)
TRENTON - For the second time, David Hespe is officially New Jersey's education commissioner.
Hespe, who served former Gov.
"I am thankful that the Senate confirmed me today to once again serve as Education Commissioner," Hespe said. "I'm grateful for Gov. Christie's confidence that we can continue to improve public schools for children throughout the state.
Hespe has had a varied career in education, holding positions as an interim school superintendent and a college professor, among others.
He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington County College and previously was vice president of the Liberty Science Center, where he worked on the development of the STEM program.
His appointment was well-received among the state's professional education organizations, including the New Jersey Education Association. Though the NJEA said it disagrees with Hespe on certain policy issues, it believes he's committed to working with teachers.
His confirmation was approved unanimously, both by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate.
"We still have plenty of hard work ahead if we are to close the achievement gaps and make certain that students leave high school ready for college or career," Hespe said. "Still, I believe that the excellent educators across New Jersey will meet those goals."
Three residents testified against Hespe during his confirmation hearing, saying they had concerns about his support of Common Core standards.
A Blueprint to Managing a New Era of Education in New Jersey | Common Sense Institute of New Jersey, 18 May 2014 [cached]
This work was authored by CSI-NJ Education Fellow David C. Hespe.
DAVID C. HESPE is an Education Fellow at the Common Sense Institute of New Jersey. He is currently the Interim Superintendent for the Willingboro School District having previously served as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to that position he was a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Department of Rowan University and served five years as Department Chair. Hespe served as Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey from 1999 through 2001. Prior to that position, he was the First Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He also served as Assistant Commissioner of Education. Hespe began his service in the Executive Branch of State Government as Assistant Counsel for Education and Higher Education to Governor Whitman. Hespe also served in the Legislative Branch as Associate Counsel in the Education Section of the Office of Legislative Services where he was the Committee Aid to the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committee. Prior to that position he was in the private practice of law. Hespe received both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. He lives in Montgomery Township New Jersey with his wife and son, who attends the public schools.
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P-20 Coalition of Southern New Jersey, 14 Aug 2011 [cached]
David Hespe, Chair, Rowan University Educational Leadership Department
Liberty Science Center | Senior Management, 13 July 2011 [cached]
David C. Hespe
Co-Executive Director, Vice President, STEM Education
Scrub Up and Wash for, uh, Watch for Surgery at LSC [cached]
"'Live From' is one of our oldest and most effective health education programs," said Dave Hespe, LSC vice president for science, technology, education and math.
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