TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The leader of a New York state university is stepping down to take the reins at a New Jersey school.

Merodie Hancock was named president of Thomas Edison State University on Wednesday. She will assume her new role on March 5 and will succeed George Pruitt, who is retiring after 35 years of leading the school in Trenton.

Hancock is currently president of the State University of New York's Empire State College, a role she's held since 2013.

She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Scripps College and a master's in business administration from Claremont Graduate University. She has a doctorate in urban services and education administration from Old Dominion University.