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Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer



Barbara Berreski, Esq.

Government & Legal Affairs


Patricia A. Berry

Budget & Administration


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Marketing


Support Staff

Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office

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Who We Are

New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities - the leading voice for public higher education in New Jersey.

Acting as an advocate in the state capital and throughout the state, the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) supports the missions and well-being of senior public institutions of higher education.  In cooperation with trustees, students, faculty and campus administrators, NJASCU plays an active role in developing and proposing state higher education policy to better serve New Jersey's citizens.  Its members are the eight senior public institutions of higher education:  The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University.

Rowan University, which recently assumed the status of a research institution, now is an affiliate member.

Specifically, NJASCU does the following:

  • Analyzes and monitors public policy issues and legislation affecting its member institutions.  Issues include: college access and affordability; higher education finance trends and comparisons; trustee governance, student welfare, ethical standards; unprecedented enrollment demand and the need to increase capacity; addressing the needs of evolving student populations;
  • Collaborates with public institutions on communicating and promoting the distinctive excellence and advantages of New Jersey's senior public institutions of higher education; and
  • Creates educational and public service opportunities for those interested in the success and sustainability of New Jersey's public institutions of higher education.

The Association played a key role in achieving landmark legislation in 1986 and 1994, which transferred important fiscal and administrative authority to the campuses from state government, emphasizing trustee governance and direct public accountability.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey are among the nation's most autonomous public institutions.

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Paul Shelly Legacy Symposium on Higher Education

The Lifelong Value of a Bachelor's Degree

Keynote Speaker:  

The Honorable James Florio, Former Governor of NJ

Panel Discussions:

Panelists:  Leaders from the state colleges and universities, business community, and NJ Legislature


The Importance of Bachelor's Degrees to New Jersey's Economy; and 

Institutional Strategies to Contain Costs, Including Public-Private Partnerships.

The event is free, registration is required.

Learn more here.

Make College More Affordable:  Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ State Colleges & Universities

Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Executive Director/CEO

NJ Association of State Colleges and Universities

August 11, 2017

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the President of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, "on one end of a log and a student on the other."  Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856.  To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the internet.  All colleges need these types of facilities and equipment, and they try to get the best price from the most responsible vendor or contractor.  But in New Jersey, the rules that public four-year colleges and universities follow to purchase goods and services, or construct a building, depend on how the institution is categorized under the law.  This differentiation no longer makes sense.  It is time to abolish the State College Contracts Law - which applies to seven institutions - and replace it with the same rules followed by public research universities.

New Jersey divides public four-year institutions of higher education into two categories:  
(1) state colleges and universities, which include The College of New Jersey, Kean University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University; and (2) public research universities, which includes Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, and Montclair State University.  Read full story here.

Statement in Response to Trump Administration's Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

September 5, 2017

The member institutions of NJASCU resolutely ask Congress and President Trump to enact a policy as soon as possible that protects the young men and women who have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Over 25,650 of these bright and talented young people are from New Jersey.  They are making significant contributions to our communities, our economy, and our nation by studying in college, working, and serving in the Armed Forces.

We are deeply disappointed that the Trump administration rescinded DACA, which will fully expire on March 5, 2018.  We assure the students at our institutions that we will work closely with New Jersey's congressional delegation and federal officials to find a way to ensure that these extraordinary young people can stay in the only country they know as home.


Profiles of NJASCU alumni whose work is making a difference in the lives of others.  The website will feature a new profile each month.  Please submit suggestions for profiles to Pam Hersh or call (609) 256-8256.

David Klein, Montclair State University, Class of 1957
 September 2017

David Klein, a Montclair State University alumnus class of 1957 and married to the same woman, Miriam, for 58 years, enjoys playing the field. Furthermore, he thanks his alma mater for encouraging him to do so.

For the past six decades, Mr. Klein has been playing on the softball and baseball fields at high schools and, until recently, colleges, in New Jersey. Mr. Klein is renowned among New Jersey youth sports enthusiasts as an umpire of high school baseball and softball, and as a referee in soccer for almost as long as he’s been an umpire. Even though officiating is work not play, Mr. Klein said his work as an official on the diamond and on the field brings him satisfaction as great as any game has he played.

His legendary status was on display several weeks ago, when the New Jersey State Baseball Umpires Association (NJSBUA) honored Mr. Klein with the eponymous David R. Klein Award. This is the first year of the award, whose purpose is to honor those NJSBUA members who, “through good standing and active participation in the NJSBUA, make exemplary contributions” (to) the high school communities in New Jersey by participating in baseball and softball officiating.
 Read more.

See our previous alumni profiles here.

Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU

Kean University Inspires Dialog on Race and Justice Through an Oral History Project

September 18, 2017

Kean University professor Abigail Perkiss is a historian whose research focuses on the history of race and urban space in her native city, Philadelphia.  Professor Perkiss recently partnered with student performers from Philadelphia's Hip H'Opera on an oral history project that was part of the development of We Shall Not Be Moved, which premiered September 16 at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater.

We Shall Not Be Moved tells the story of five North Philly teens who seek refuge from the police in an abandoned house in West Philadelphia that once served as the headquarters of the MOVE organization.  MOVE was a Philadelphia-based group founded in 1972 with the mission of agitating for racial justice and against police brutality.  A 1985 standoff at MOVE headquarters infamously ended with a neighborhood destroyed and 11 people dead, including five children.  Read full story here.

Stockton President Responds to Richard Stockton Controversy on Campus

 August 28, 2017


The following message was sent to the Stockton University community on August 28, 2017, and is also posted on the Stockton website.


Dear Members of the Stockton Community,


Over the past few days, I have been reading many emails, fielding calls, and listening to the wide range of viewpoints expressed by our Stockton and surrounding communities.


The decision to temporarily remove the bust of Richard Stockton from our Library entrance has created the opportunity to engage in a discussion of the man, his role in America’s history, and how we might remember him today.


Accounts of the desecration and destruction of historical statues fill our news, and reminds us that our nation is struggling with accepting multiple points of view, with interpreting facts, and with finding common ground.


We are hopeful that through the development of the Richard Stockton Exhibit we will demonstrate that difficult issues can be dealt with in a way that strengthens and unites us. 

Read the full message here.

William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron to Retire at End of 2017-2018 Academic Year

 August 22, 2017


Kathleen Waldron, who has led strategic initiatives that have enhanced academics and infrastructure at William Paterson University, has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, thus completing eight years as president of the institution.


“I will turn 70 years old in September 2018 and have had the great honor of being an academic administrator for 20 years,” said President Waldron, who became the institution’s seventh president on August 2, 2010.  “The last seven years at William Paterson University have been the best of my career.  We have accomplished so much, and I hope that the advances we made together are of lasting benefit to the students we serve.  I am extremely grateful to have the support of an engaged Board of Trustees that cares deeply about this institution and its success, as well as Cabinet members who capably lead their divisions and provide sound advice and counsel.  The faculty members continue to provide outstanding instruction and mentorship to our students while pursuing individual research and creative endeavors.  Our dedicated staff provides the day-to-day academic and business support that keeps the University going and thriving.”


The University’s Board of Trustees has launched a national search for a new president.  President Waldron plans to retire effective June 30, 2018. Read more here.

NJASCU is part of the Innovation NJ Coalition

Innovation NJ is a coalition of busineess and academia established to promote policies that foster an environment for innovation in the state that will: 

  • encourage increased private and public sector R&D and the commercialization of new medicines, technologies and products to improve our quality of life;
  • stimulate economic growth in New Jersey;
  • retain and advance high-paying jobs in the state;
  • retain and advance high-paying innovation-related jobs in the state; and
  • increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related graduates from New Jersey colleges and universities.

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