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Shalonda L. Tanner

Shalonda L. Tanner is an Assistant Director of Applicant Evaluation at Rutgers University–New Brunswick Undergraduate Admissions. Her higher education career spans 26 years, all at Rutgers. Shalonda also serves as University Coordinator of Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Admissions Evaluation which is a program that provides financial assistance and support services to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend participating institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. She participates on several committees and working groups as a subject matter expert. 

Shalonda played a pivotal role in the newly integrated Salesforce platform at Rutgers during the development and implementation phases which began in 2021. Her keen sense that drives her to problem solve and an innate ability to comprehend complex technical systems are valuable assets to Rutgers.   

Connected to Rutgers for 32 years, Shalonda’s life journey propelled her from a HS Beauty Pageant Queen from Roselle, NJ to the Banks of the Old Raritan at age 17 in 1990 as a first-generation college student to become a proud U.S. Air Force Reserve Veteran who in 2022 was elected as the First Woman & First African-American Woman Commander at American Legion Post 119; an elected public official in two different counties in the State of NJ (Past Board of Education President & Past Municipal Committee Chairman); a Finer Woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and her chapter’s 2022 “Zeta of the Year”; a Founder and CEO of her own start-up company; a civil rights activist & subscribing life member of NAACP; and a Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance 2022 “Hall of Fame” inductee. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from RU–Douglass ‘96. 

Click here for Shalonda’s capstone project poster