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President Biography

Paul Drayton

Nationally recognized industry, government and education leader Paul Drayton was appointed the fifth president of then-Burlington County College in March 2015. He became the first president of Rowan College at Burlington County when the college renamed itself in June 2015 as part of a historic agreement with Rowan University that creates a path to a $25,000 degree in Burlington County though its historic “3+1” program that was one of Money Magazine’s top tuition discounts in the country.

President Drayton is strategically transitioning the college to the modern Mount Laurel campus where a new Student Success Center will help create the ultimate campus experience. Aligning all of the county’s workforce development agencies in one organization, President Drayton opened the college’s Workforce Development Institute. He has also restructured the college’s personnel to better serve students and their ability to succeed – all while rejecting tuition increases.

President Drayton joined the college after similar achievements heading Burlington County government for the last five years where he successfully initiated management changes that completely re-engineered county government and reduced operating costs by $40 million. President Drayton also oversaw the implementation of state-of-the-art technology solutions producing multi-million dollar savings and substantially improving operational efficiencies.

Coming from a family of educators, higher education has always been a passion for President Drayton. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a law degree from Villanova University. As an adjunct professor for the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government for more than eight years, President Drayton instilled the knowledge of the inner workings of government to graduate students.

President Drayton helped lead Temple University’s management operations team from 2007 to 2009 where he successfully developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for the university’s Ten-Year Strategic Academic and Facilities Plan and the Continuity of Operations Plan.

President Drayton is nationally recognized for extensive executive and senior-level experience in managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of large organizations in both the public and private sectors. He is an expert in developing and implementing fiscally-responsible large, annual operating and capital budgets, overseeing senior management personnel, developing and implementing major policy decisions, as well as overseeing major capital and construction projects.

As Chief Executive Officer and President of the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) and the Delaware River Port Authority, President Drayton oversaw the daily operations and a $1 billion capital development program for major bridge facilities, public safety, transit, ferry and cruise operations, as well as regional economic development activities. President Drayton conducted a re-engineering and reorganization of the agency that resulted in savings of over $90 million.

The National Association of Counties Magazine and Government Executive Magazine have both featured articles about President Drayton’s leadership and ability to evaluate organizations and make necessary improvements that benefit everyone. In 2013, President Drayton received the Roosevelt Nesmith NAACP Impact Award for creating an office that focuses on diversity and cultural differences. He received a University of Delaware Presidential Citation Award For Outstanding Achievement in 2009, a Philadelphia Tribune Executive of the Year Award in 2000 and a NAACP Distinguished Service Award in 1995. President Drayton was also named Port Executive of the Year in 1996 and he was named an Executive of the Year by South Jersey Biz and invited to a White House summit with the nation’s leading educators to focus on improving college outcomes.