Four Doctoral Degrees to be Awarded at ESU’s Winter Commencement

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on December 6, 2018, No Comments

Four doctoral degrees in administration and leadership studies will be awarded during winter commencement exercises at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 15, at 9:45 a.m. in Koehler Fieldhouse. The doctoral candidates are Gene Christopher Hunt III, Tracey L. Jacobi, Patricia Ann McEnery, and Deborah Ann Schall Ohmacht.

Christopher Hunt is dean of students at Lafayette College. He serves as a member of the senior staff leadership team and supervises several departments within campus life including intercultural development, religious life, residence life, student conduct and support, student involvement, sexual misconduct prevention, recreation services, and the counseling center. Additionally, Hunt advises a range of student clubs and organizations including a range of affinity support groups and the student-led sexual misconduct prevention peer educators. A native of New York and longtime Lehigh Valley resident, Hunt lives in Easton with his wife, Nichelle; children Cydney, Christopher “CJ,” and Cayla; and their beagle-chihuahua, Geno C. Hunt.

Tracey Jacobi is the director of special education for the Salisbury Township School District. She earned her B.S. in elementary and special education in 1996, M.Ed. in Reading in 2001, and special education supervisory certification in 2005, all from East Stroudsburg University. With over 22 years in public education, Jacobi has served as a learning support teacher, instructional support teacher, supervisor of special education, and director of special education. She resides in Saylorsburg with her husband, Glenn, and their three children: Jason, Brooke, and Nathan.

Patricia Ann McEnery has worked in student affairs in higher education for the past 20 years. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant campus director for the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College in Perkasie, Pa.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Scranton, and a master’s degree in humanities from Arcadia University. McEnery resides in Line Lexington, Pa. with her husband of 22 years, Sean, and their two dogs, Milo and Agatha.

Deborah Ohmacht is the director of special education for the Northampton Area School District. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in special education – MPH and elementary education from Kutztown in 1982, M.Ed. in Special Education in 1987, secondary principal’s certification in 1998, and her supervisory certification in special education in 1999, all from Lehigh University. With over 36 years in education, Ohmacht has also served as the assistant director of special education, assistant to the principal, an emotional support teacher, a learning support teacher and a child developmental specialist. She resides in Bath, Pa. with her husband Gary and son Zachary.

About the Doctoral Program in Education Administration and Leadership

The professional and secondary education department at ESU developed a doctoral degree program to meet the demonstrated need for the Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration. The program was previously a collaborative effort with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In 2017, ESU graduated the first students to complete the program solely under ESU.

The three-year academic package is designed to provide continuous skill development in leadership, writing, reading, and research. The program is intended for leaders in education wishing to further their knowledge, skills, and expertise in the area of educational leadership.

For more information about the doctoral program, including applying for admission/acceptance, contact Dr. William Bajor, director of graduate and extended studies at 570-422-3588 or or Kevin Quintero, associate director of graduate and extended studies at 570-422-3890 or