Jack DeRochi, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate, Continuing, & Online Education

Winthrop University

Jack DeRochi currently serves as Dean of Graduate, Continuing, and Online Education at Winthrop University. A tenured professor of English, DeRochi earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina and joined the Winthrop faculty in 2001. He first became Dean of the Graduate School in 2012 after serving as Associate Dean in Winthrop’s College of Arts and Sciences. As Dean, he initiated and facilitated the launch of Winthrop’s first 100% online graduate programs and established the University’s first institutional-wide Community Advisory Board for graduate education. From February 2021 to January 2023, DeRochi served consecutively as Interim Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management and Interim Vice President for University Advancement.

A strong advocate for higher education, DeRochi served as President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) and on the board of the Council for Historically Black Graduate Schools. He has given numerous administrative presentations at conferences and workshops that center on the advancement of graduate and adult learner education. DeRochi gave a plenary address at the 2022 CSGS Conference, focusing on the challenges that are now impacting higher education—specifically, the accelerating demographic shifts, technological disruptions, the rise of student debt, and the increase of new competition. He was recently named a Fellow of the P3-Edu Organization, which seeks to develop best practices and expand the impact of public-private partnerships in higher education.