United Way Announces New Board Member, James M. Van Wyck, Ph.D.

United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) welcomes James M. Van Wyck to its Board of Directors. A passionate advocate for higher education and graduate education. Dr. Van Wyck is the Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate School at Princeton University, where he serves as the primary liaison between the GradFUTURES professional development initiative and humanities and social sciences departments.

His portfolio includes a range of graduate student professional development programs and strategic communications initiatives, and he also manages a suite of experiential learning opportunities for Graduate students. He holds a doctorate in English literature and languages/letters from Fordham University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from William Paterson University.

In addition to co-editing The Reimagined PhD: Navigating 21st Century Humanities Education (Rutgers University Press, 2021), James has published popular and pedagogical articles, book chapters, book reviews, peer-reviewed essays, and numerous articles for Graduate students and advisers. A recognized and passionate advocate for higher education, the humanities, international and Graduate students, and dubbed “one of the nation’s most articulate Graduate student advocates” by The ABD Survival Guide, Van Wyck is currently working on a monograph entitled “Leadership and the Imagination.”

Van Wyck volunteers on several nonprofit boards and in higher education settings and is a leader for the University at Buffalo’s New York City Regional Alumni Network.

“It is an honor to join the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s Board. I look forward to partnering with my fellow board members in service of UWGMC’s mission to create thriving communities in Mercer County,” said Van Wyck.

“UWGMC is on a journey to help as many youths as possible and their families navigate the complexities of college application and funding process. We’re honored to have James join the United Way of Greater Mercer County Board. His expertise and professional experience can ensure UWGMC is successful,” said Rita Ribeiro, UWGMC Board President.

“I am excited to have James Van Wyck become a member of UWGMC’s Board of Directors. His passion for higher education aligns perfectly with our work to make higher education more accessible to under-served and under-resourced communities,” said Sandra Toussaint, UWGMC President & CEO.