Chief of Staff
Director of Community & State Relations
Beth McGrath has served as Chief of Staff, Office of the President since July 1, 2012 and was named Stevens' Director of Community & State Relations in 2013.
As Chief of Staff, Beth represents the Office of the President on all internal and external initiatives and works with the President to: ensure progress on a wide range of Stevens projects, initiatives and opportunities; provide advisement and counsel; monitor implementation of the Strategic Plan; and manage the Office of the President to ensure high standards of excellence. As Director of Community & State Relations, Beth serves as the liaison with local and state government to advance Stevens interests across a broad range of issues.
A 25+-year veteran of Stevens, Beth has held leadership roles within the administration and academic enterprises, as Director of Marketing and Communications in the early 1990’s, and as Deputy Director, Director, and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) from 1993 to 2012.
In her role as Director of Marketing and Communications, Beth oversaw the development and production of all Presidential, Development, Admissions, academic and research publications and collateral materials; handled media relations and outreach; developed and managed an award-winning image advertising campaign, and managed special events, including Commencement and Convocation and the campus’s 1992 Tall Ships celebration which brought thousands of alumni and visitors to Stevens. She also wrote speeches for the President and handled crisis communications.
In her leadership roles at CIESE, Beth’s contributions helped position the Center as a national leader in the use of technology to improve K-12 science and mathematics education, including in the formulation of several transformative initiatives including: a $2.9 million NSF grant in 1993 to explore innovative applications of the Internet for K-12 science and mathematics education that directly impacted 3,000 NJ teachers; a $9.3 million U.S. Department of Education grant (1998) to build capacity in for the use of the Internet in K-12 science and mathematics education that impacted 8,000 teachers in three states; an $11.5 million NSF Math-Science Partnership grant, one of NSF’s first engineering-focused MSP grants awarded; and a $2.0 million Department of Defense-sponsored research study to develop models to improve student learning and increase interest in systems engineering careers.
Beth and her team conceptualized and led the launch of the Stevens K-12 engineering initiative, “Engineering Our Future NJ,” a statewide demonstration project that explored the integration of engineering in mainstream science and mathematics courses in elementary through secondary classrooms. This effort brought state and national recognition to Stevens for its pioneering K-12 engineering education efforts and led to approximately $29 million in funding for CIESE’s K-20 engineering education work from corporate, foundation and public sources.
Under Beth’s leadership, CIESE was recognized in January 2011 by President Obama for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring, acknowledging the Center’s 24 years of leadership in STEM education. In 2014 with colleagues Jason Sayres and Mercedes McKay, Beth was awarded the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Advancement of Invention Award for WaterBoticsTM with co-developers M. McKay and J. Sayres. She was also named by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in New Jersey to the STEM Advisory Council (2014- ).
Beth has published or contributed to dozens of academic and scholarly papers and conference proceedings on K-12 engineering education and the use of technology in schools. She has given invited talks at the National Academy of Engineering and other U.S. and international forums. She serves on the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council Committee on Integrated STEM Education, the Steering Committee of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment 2014, and on the advisory boards of several NSF-funded projects.