The NJEdge team aims to deliver and sustain a healthy, vibrant, and thriving technology ecosystem that is purpose-built for the communities and members we serve.

Our Newark, NJ-based team is comprised of a diverse group of highly accomplished professionals and thought leaders with deep experience across the education, government, corporate and technology industry verticals. Passionate about the transformative potential of technology deployed to grow and advance the memberships’ operations, the NJEdge team brings future focus and creative thinking grounded in proven experience to guide your pathway to success.


President and Chief Executive Officer

Samuel Conn brings a long history of fostering the advancement of technology in public and private higher education institutions across several focus areas including information technology management, administrative and educational technologies, e-Learning networks, and enterprise transformation. Serving as President and CEO for NJEdge, he guides the executive management team with over 35 years of combined military, professional, private sector and academic experience in the field of technology and information systems.  He holds an undergraduate (BSci) degree in Business Administration, a graduate (MSci) degree in Computer Information Systems, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Information Systems. By harnessing the potential of digital networks to advance teaching, learning and research, he maintains NJEdge’s commitment to push the boundaries of innovation and achievement as a national model of excellence for purpose-built research and education networks.


Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

A career educator, technology leader and Chief Information Officer at New Jersey’s largest private and second largest public universities for the past twenty years, Dr. Edward Chapel’s commitment to active collaboration with industry partners, peer organizations and the NJEdge membership serves as a key driver in the advancement of operational effectiveness and strategic objectives of its member organizations. With a focus on enabling digital technologies, he ensures each client solution is value-based, future-focused and engineered to deliver an end-user experience that is unsurpassed. In addition to overseeing the delivery of a high performing network and ecosystem of purpose-built technology assets and applications, his dedication to NJEdge’s shared services consortium approach and advancing professional development through the NJEdge Communities of Practice enables New Jersey’s education, healthcare, governmental and corporate enterprises to thrive and grow. Dr. Chapel earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Sociology from New York University as well as a Baccalaureate degree in American Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Chief Financial Officer

Joe Rearden’s approach is based on active collaboration across all facets of NJEdge’s strategic efforts and disciplines. In addition to managing and monitoring the year’s budget, objectives and deliverables, Joe is the liaison between NJEdge’s corporate partners and members. His background in finance, project management and compliance enables him to bring a sharp eye to everything from licensing agreements to service agreements to federal funding opportunities for the NJEdge consortium. Joe has a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law.


Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer 

As a proven strategic leader in driving business outcomes, Nick Suttle is deeply committed to innovative systems deployment and operational excellence to foster collaborative partnerships through technology. Building capacity in-line with economies of scale is central to a total quality management programming model and Nick’s approach. He plays a critical role in partnering on NJEdge’s senior leadership team in the decision-making and management of the organization as they continue to expand the scope of their products and services. Prior to joining NJEdge, Nick served as the Chief Information Officer at an aircraft manufacturer, the Interim-Chief Information Officer at Darton State College, and has proven strategic leadership in organizations such as the DARPA, NSA, and the Joint Special Operations Command where he was awarded a Bronze Star for service. Nick holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Saint Francis.